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Final Solar Eclipse preparations include parking plans

Preparations are in full force throughout mid-Missouri for the Solar Eclipse, and that includes making sure visitors and residents have a place to park. (MGN Online)

Preparations are in full force throughout mid-Missouri for the Solar Eclipse, and that includes making sure visitors and residents have a place to park.

Forty-to-50,000 people have been expected to visit Jefferson City on the day of the Solar Eclipse, and that means an excessive amount of traffic.

"Definitely an exciting thing, and we're looking forward to it!" Lt. David Williams of the Jefferson City Police Department said.

The moon is expected to cover the sun for two minutes August 21, creating the first total solar eclipse in Missouri since 1869.

As the excitement builds, Lt. Williams, the city, and emergency services have worked together to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable celebration.

"What we're trying to do is develop a safety plan for traffic as well as the amount of people we expect downtown," Lt. Williams said, "For sure we're going to block Washington Street to Broadway on West High Street. There will be no vehicle traffic at all there."

Many state and county offices will be closed for the eclipse, creating additional parking spots. "The parking lots opening up will help our being able to move people around the Capitol a lot better," Lt. Williams added.

The City of Jefferson said parking meter fees will not be enforced for the day of the Eclipse, just one more reason for all to enjoy the day.

"There's a lot of events going on here in town, so we're looking forward to it," Lt. Williams said.

A final community meeting and volunteer briefing is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Missouri River Regional Library. This will be the last opportunity to find out more about the three-day celebration planned for the eclipse, how it will impact the community, and how you can be a part of the festivities.

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