Greater Fort Erie braces for eclipse with closures and restrictions

Residents and visitors are advised to prepare for a surge in traffic and safety measures as the total solar eclipse descends upon Niagara on Monday, April 8, 2024.

With 98 per cent of Niagara’s over 14,000 hotel rooms already booked, traffic congestion is expected to begin as early as Friday, April 5, and could continue after the eclipse as visitors depart. Delays are anticipated on local roads and provincial highways.

To ensure public safety during the eclipse, the Town of Fort Erie will be implementing several restrictions. A fire ban will be in effect from April 5 to 9. Illegal camping will be strictly enforced from April 4 to 9. Due to the increased difficulty of attempting water rescues, boating is highly discouraged.

Several public facilities will be closed on April 8, including town hall, Crystal Beach Waterfront Park, all library branches, and Fort Erie-operated museums. All boat ramps and access points for launching boats will also be closed.

The Peace Bridge will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists in both directions for the entire day of April 8. The bridge will reopen to non-motorized traffic on April 9.

Fort Erie Child Care Centre (94 Catherine St.), Niagara Region Public Health (1264 Garrison Rd.), and Fort Erie Community Service Office (469 Central Ave.) will all be closed on April 8. The Community Service Office can still be reached by phone and email.

Several road closures will be in effect during the eclipse.

Point Abino Road South at Erie Road and Ridgeway Road south of Crystal Beach Drive will all be closed. Niagara Parkway will be also closed from Netherby Road to Townline Road due to ongoing construction on the Black Creek Bridge; detour signage will be posted.

Motorists are encouraged to plan their routes carefully and allow for extra travel time. For up-to-date information on road closures and other eclipse preparations, visit forterie.ca.

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