As you prepare to head to the Delaware beaches this summer, you’ll be happy to know the Delaware Department of Transportation is working to make sure your ride down from points north as smooth as possible.

DelDOT is in the middle of three projects to improve safety and ease congestion along an eight-mile section of SR 1 between Dover and Milford. These projects will eliminate several traffic signals and create three new overpasses. The work will have significant long-term benefits to drivers.

On Friday evenings and weekends during the summer, the department will suspend construction to help keep traffic flowing to and from the beaches.

The work may slow traffic some on weekdays. At least one northbound and southbound lane will be open at all times.

You should plan around these times. Traveling mid-week and avoiding rush-hour traffic southbound on Friday evenings and northbound mid-day Sunday are good ideas. Adjusting travel time during Saturday check-in/check-out times between 10 AM and 2 PM will also help.

You can also consider using US 13 as an alternate route, depending on your destination.

Before you travel, download DelDOT’s smartphone app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores. You’ll be able to see real-time traffic cameras, travel times, delays and advisories and listen to DelDOT’s traffic information radio station.

If you want to report a traffic-related problem, dial #77 from your cell phone or call 1-800-324-8379.

Another option for traveling this summer is DART’s Route 305-Beach Connection service. It runs Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from May 27 to Labor Day starting at the Amtrak station in Wilmington and ending at the Rehoboth Park & Ride. And if you're coming from New Jersey, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry may also be a good way for you to get to Delaware.

And be sure to follow Visit Delaware on Twitter (@DelawareTourism) and the Delaware Department of Transportation (@DelawareDOT) for travel updates.