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More eclipse traffic changes announced

Mar. 26—GREENSBURG — The April 8 eclipse is less than two weeks away, and at a recent meeting of the Decatur Commissioners Sheriff Bill Meyerrose announced a change in direction for Park Road the day of the event.

In an effort to ease traffic leaving the Decatur County Fairgrounds following the eclipse, and to prevent an onslaught of traffic through the downtown area, beginning at 2 p.m. April 8 traffic on Park Road will become one-way only going west.

All traffic from the fairgrounds will need to leave the area via the CR 200 West / Main Street / SR 3 bypass corridor.

As a reminder, E. Central Avenue from Big Blue Avenue to NE 80 will be closed to public traffic from midnight Sunday, April 7, to midnight Tuesday, April 9, or until traffic clears.

E. Montgomery Road will become one way from Davidson Street to Lincoln Street from 6 a.m. Monday, April 8, until midnight Tuesday, April 9.

Public safety officials estimate that it may take until midnight Tuesday, April 9, to get all visitors out of Greensburg.

Also:

—Greensburg Community Schools and Decatur County Schools are on an e-Learning Day Monday, April 8.

—Greensburg trash service and Rumpke recycling service will be suspended Monday, April 8. Double pick-up will occur on Tuesday, April 9.

—City offices and buildings will be closed Monday, April 8, to provide staffing support to public safety, emergency services, and more.

—If residents want to attend eclipse events, they are encouraged to use alternate modes of transportation (walk, bike, golf carts, UTVs) due to increased traffic.

—All property owners have the right to block access to their property (front and back yards, driveways).

—Residents are encouraged to run errands, fuel vehicles, and pull cash from the bank before Sunday, April 7, to help lessen the strain on cell phone/Internet network traffic and roadways.

—Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

For all general inquiries and questions about the event, traffic conditions, to submit a complaint, or ask for city services in a non-emergency manner, call 844-260-1230. This phone number will be valid Saturday, April 6, to Tuesday, April 9. Make sure to write this phone number down, program it into your phone, or have record of it on your person.

Decatur County resident may also want to sign up for CodeRed emergency notifications by texting "DECATUR CO" to 99411.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com.