Beau Biden memorial closes several Dover roads Thursday

  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Several Dover roads will close Thursday as memorials for the late Beau Biden take place, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The former Democratic Attorney General will lie in honor at Legislative Hall in Dover Thursday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Biden died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

The following roads will close at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd at the intersection of the Family Court Building
Federal Street from East Water Street to North Street
Federal Street from North Street to Loockerman Street
Legislative Avenue from East Water Street to Loockerman Street
Duke of York Street from Legislative Avenue to Federal Street
William Penn Street from Federal Street to Legislative Avenue 

DART’s local bus service around Legislative Hall and the Route 301 will be on detour for the entire day. Customers can go to www.dartfirststate.com or call 1-800-652-DART (3278) for additional information.

DART First State will offer complimentary shuttle services for those paying their respects at Legislative Hall.  Buses will pick up passengers at the south end of the Blue Hen Corporate Center on the Bay Road side from 12:30 p.m. until about 5 p.m.

The Delaware Department of Transportation recommends those in attendance to use the shuttle provided by DART because parking will be limited and roads will be closed around Legislative Hall.

DelDOT also advises those using the public transportation from the Blue Hen Mall to leave baggage in their personal vehicles because it is likely there will be security checks entering Legislative Hall.  No bags, backpacks, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquid or signs will be allowed in the venue, DelDOT states.

Buses can accommodate wheel chairs and other mobility devices.

There will be three days of service to honor Beau Biden. On Thursday, Biden will lie in Legislative Hall in Dover between 1 p.m and 5 p.m.  On Friday, there will be a viewing at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Wilmington, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Saturday there will be a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church at 10:30 a.m. President Obama will deliver a eulogy in honor of Beau Biden at this mass.

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