SC officials on eclipse traffic: 'We're ready'
The Columbia Police Department officers will be stationed at various major intersections throughout the city to prevent traffic congestion and assist drivers on their way to viewing spots for Monday’s eclipse.
In Columbia, a partial eclipse begins around 1:13 p.m. and continues until about 4:06 p.m. Darkness comes at 2:41 p.m. and lasts for 2 minutes and 30 seconds downtown.
“We anticipate considerable traffic congestion in the city of Columbia on Monday,” police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a statement. “We ask everyone traveling to pack their patience.”
The S.C. Highway Patrol has extra officers on hand and contingency plans in place, should traffic become a problem in certain areas. However, conditions on Sunday were normal, according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.
“Just our normal weekend traffic,” he said. “We have no lane reversals planned, no road closures. We're just going to monitor traffic and keep everything running.”
As of Sunday, there are no planned street closures Monday in the city of Columbia. But Columbia police officers will man and monitor heavily traveled intersections, including:
Assembly & Gervais streets
Assembly & Taylor streets
Assembly & Hampton streets
Assembly & Laurel streets
Assembly Street & Elmwood Avenue
Huger & Hampton streets
Huger & Taylor streets
Huger & Laurel streets
Blossom & Huger streets
Blossom & Assembly streets
Elmwood Avenue & Main street
Elmwood Avenue & Bull Street
Bull Street & Colonial Drive
Bull & Harden Streets
Columbia police also will be stationed in other areas:
Main Street Corridor
Devine Street Corridor
Green Street Corridor
South East Park
SC State Museum
EdVenture Children’s Museum
Drew Wellness Center
Owens Field Park
Columbia Fireflies traffic:
At the conclusion of the game, Monday, officers will direct traffic out of Spirit Communications Park toward Bull Street (southbound) to 277.
Drivers on Colonial Drive will be routed to 277 from Harden Street. This effort will lessen potential traffic congestion after the game.