Delaware State Police and DelDOT are advising motorists to expect disastrous travel delays throughout the morning and early afternoon hours of Friday, May 5 due to the funeral services for Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard. Indeed, if you have means to avoid traveling at all in the City of Wilmington, or on I-95, please do so.
The northbound lanes of I-95 between the Christiana Mall (Exit 4A) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Exit 6) will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. and will be opened after the procession of emergency vehicles to travel to the Chase Center on the Riverfront; additionally a second closure of the northbound lanes between the Christiana Mall (Exit 4A) and the Martin Luther King Jr, Boulevard (Exit 6) will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. for the last procession of emergency vehicles to travel to the Chase Center on The Riverfront.
After the service at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, the funeral procession will then depart the Riverfront at approximately noon and travel to the Gracelawn Cemetery located at 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle. The procession is scheduled to use the following route: Justison Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard to South Market Street to North DuPont Highway to Lovelace Avenue (U-turn) to Gracelawn Memorial Cemetery.
DART will be offering free shuttle service from the Route 273 and Route 7 Park & Ride to the Chase Center at the Wilmington Riverfront beginning at7 a.m. and ending at 9 a.m. Return service to the Park & Ride from the Chase Center will between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
DART will also be adjusting regular bus services to avoid road closures. Delays can be expected. Visit www.dartfirststate.com for more details.