Special to 1808Delaware

On Monday, April 8, the City of Delaware and other areas within a 124-mile-wide swath of Ohio will be able to experience the totality of a solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun.

In the City of Delaware, the eclipse will begin at about 1:55 pm. Beginning at 3:11 pm, eclipse seekers can expect to witness “totality” in the City of Delaware for approximately 2 minutes, 35 seconds.

State planners anticipate that those traveling to and through Delaware County on the day of the eclipse could double the county’s population. The City of Delaware has been working with the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to address this influx of visitors and the potential strain on resources.

The City’s operational plan for April 8 includes the following:

  • All City offices will be open for normal hours on April 8.
  • Curbside trash and recycling collection will take place on April 8, although on an accelerated schedule. This means customers on Monday’s route should place their items at curbside the evening of April 7, or by 6 am on April 8.
  • Street lighting will be operational throughout the City for the duration of the eclipse event.
  • Starting at 3 pm on April 8, US 23 traffic will be given priority by implementing longer main line green cycles. This means the wait to access US 23 from side streets and roads within the City limits will be longer.
  • City traffic control personnel will monitor traffic patterns Citywide through the event and can adjust as needed.
  • Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the street to view the eclipse, as this is unsafe and could impede traffic.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 for traffic jams unless it is a life-safety emergency.

Eclipse information is available here

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Source: City of Delaware

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