Traffic Safety Plan for Total Solar Eclipse in Niagara

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Niagara Parks and local municipalities are getting ready for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024, by implementing a comprehensive traffic management and safety plan. With road closures set to take effect across Niagara Parks properties, the City of Niagara Falls, and the Town of Fort Erie, guests are advised to plan ahead for potential traffic delays and changes to their usual routes.

Niagara Falls Road Closures

Here are some important points regarding road closures and transportation for the upcoming total solar eclipse:

  • Road closures will affect Niagara Parks properties, the City of Niagara Falls, and Town of Fort Erie on Monday, April 8.
  • Expect traffic delays, so it’s advisable for guests to plan their travel in advance.
  • Police have the authority to adjust road closures as needed for safety reasons.
  • There are parking lots available throughout the destination, including the Rapidsview Parking Lot, which offers a dedicated WEGO Shuttle service to the Falls.
  • Access to boat launches will be restricted on Monday, April 8.

The eclipse, projected to occur around 3:18 p.m., will be a major draw for visitors eager to witness this rare celestial event, especially as it unfolds over the iconic Niagara Falls. In anticipation of the large crowds expected to descend upon the region, a series of road closures will be enforced throughout the day, with adjustments made as necessary by local law enforcement to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

To accommodate visitors, parking lots will be available at various locations, including the Rapidsview Parking Lot, with a dedicated WEGO Shuttle service to Table Rock Centre. Public transit options such as the WEGO Bus Service and GO Transit are also encouraged to ease traffic congestion. Additionally, guests should come prepared with ISO-certified viewing glasses to safely observe the eclipse and be mindful of potential disruptions to cell service due to the high volume of visitors.

Guest Planning Considerations

Here are some important tips for guests planning to view the solar eclipse in Niagara Falls and Fort Erie:

  • Bring your own ISO-certified viewing glasses to safely watch the eclipse. Looking at the sun without proper eyewear can cause eye damage.
  • Niagara Parks may have limited glasses available, so it’s best to bring your own to avoid disappointment.
  • Expect increased traffic congestion starting from April 5, so plan ahead and ensure you have enough gas, water, and food.
  • Dress in layers and prepare for changing weather conditions.
  • Be aware that cell signal may be affected due to high visitor numbers, and bring cash in case electronic payment systems are unavailable.
  • Remember, tents or shade structures are not allowed in the Queen Victoria Park area.

As the region braces for increased traffic leading up to the eclipse, guests are reminded to plan accordingly by stocking up on supplies, dressing appropriately for varying weather conditions, and being prepared for potential changes in cell signal and electronic payment systems. By working together and planning ahead, visitors can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while witnessing this extraordinary natural phenomenon.

Additional Resources

For planning tips specific to Niagara Parks’ properties, click here.

For more information about safety and emergency preparedness from the Niagara Regional Police Service, click here.

For more solar eclipse planning tips from the City of Niagara Falls, click here.

For more solar eclipse planning tips from the Town of Fort Erie, click here.

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