Ohio Prepares for Solar Eclipse: Anticipates Over Half a Million Visitors

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As the solar eclipse approaches, Ohio is gearing up for an influx of visitors, with portions of the greater Cleveland area expected to offer some of the best views in the country. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency estimates that anywhere from 150,000 to 575,000 people will travel to the state for the celestial event, turning it into a major travel occasion.

ODOT’s All-Hands-On-Deck Approach

Matt Bruning, press secretary for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), emphasized the significance of being prepared for the surge in population, stating, “It’s going to be an all-hands-on-deck day for ODOT.” The agency is set to mobilize all available resources to manage the traffic influx, drawing on lessons learned from the 2017 eclipse. ODOT crews will carry extra fuel to assist potentially stranded drivers, addressing issues identified in previous eclipse-related traffic incidents.

Roadway Plans and Traffic Management

In preparation for the eclipse, ODOT is implementing plans to reduce the footprint of work zones and ensure smoother traffic flow. Bruning highlighted the importance of removing orange barrels and opening up lanes to accommodate the increased traffic, especially on two-lane roads not designed for such large-scale events. While efforts will be made to minimize work zones, some will still be present, particularly on major interstates.

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Ohio Turnpike Readies for Eclipse Traffic

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission are also actively preparing for the event. Portable message signs along the turnpike will provide drivers with real-time information on road conditions and incidents. To enhance travel convenience, 24-hour roadside assistance will be available, similar to peak days throughout the year. Drivers are encouraged to consider purchasing an E-ZPass to expedite travel times. Notably, lane closures for construction work zones and maintenance projects will be restricted before, during, and after the solar eclipse.

Weather Remains the X Factor

While preparations are underway, the unpredictability of weather remains a significant factor. Until April 8 inches closer, it remains challenging to ascertain the precise number of visitors Ohio can expect. As the state readies itself for this celestial spectacle, ODOT, and the Ohio Turnpike Infrastructure Commission are committed to ensuring a safe and efficient travel experience for the thousands anticipated to witness the solar eclipse in Ohio.

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