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Why has Wayne County declared a state of emergency ahead of the eclipse? Mostly to manage traffic

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Wayne County has officially declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the total solar eclipse, expecting an influx of up to 60,000 visitors.

This surge is set to increase the county’s population by half, prompting local authorities to implement strategic traffic management plans for the day.


The declaration will allow for road closures and alterations in traffic patterns, ensuring that the area can accommodate the extraordinary number of guests safely and efficiently.

Williamson Supervisor Anthony Verno emphasized the necessity of this declaration, not as a cause for alarm but as a measure to handle the anticipated crowd and traffic challenges effectively. The declaration provides the legal authority needed to manage the situation, a move officials believe other counties might also consider given the magnitude of the event.



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