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Northern Vermont is in the path of totality for a rare total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

Be aware of planned road closures for the total solar eclipse

A winding road with snowbanks on either side under an orange-purple sky
Elodie Reed
Vermont Public
Mountain Road in Underhill will be closed — except to local traffic — on April 8 for the total solar eclipse.

Some Vermont towns along the path of totality for the April 8 eclipse are closing roads to control traffic, limit mud-season damage, and create space for parking.

In Underhill, for example, two roads — Mountain Road and Stevensville Road — will only be open to local travel on the day of the eclipse, said Town Administrator Brad Holden, in order to discourage people from climbing Mount Mansfield at a time when the trails are vulnerable and emergency resources are strained.

“Even if hiking was allowed in April, which it’s not, the facilities aren’t large enough to accept lots of people,” Holden said.

Here are some of the road closures related to the eclipse that communities have announced. As you make your plans, it's best to check with local officials for guidance on road closures.


Parts of Carver Street, Short Swamp Road and Long Swamp Road will close on April 8. Stone Mill Dam Road may close, depending on conditions. High Pond Road will remain open.


The state’s most populous city is turning a portion of Route 127 into a controlled parking zone on Monday, April 8, with shuttles taking visitors to and from Main Street starting at noon. The beltline will be closed from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and parking begins at 11 a.m. and costs $30.

Park Street and some of the roads abutting it, as well as Battery Street, Lake Street and lower College Street near the waterfront, will also be closed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Parking will also be available at 345 Pine Street from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. for $30. ADA-accessible parking is available at the Pease Lot near Waterfront Park. You can find more information here.

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Camel’s Hump Road will only be open to local traffic from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8 to discourage visitors from traveling to Camel’s Hump State Park.

More: Eclipse-watchers urged to stay off muddy trails, mountains


Camel’s Hump Road will be open only to local traffic from Sunday, April 7 at 9 a.m. to Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m. This will be staffed and enforced, said Huntington Town Administrator Adam Argo.


On April 8, State Street between Taylor Street and Bailey Avenue, Cliff Street and Winter Street will be open to local traffic only. Hubbard Park will also be closed to vehicle traffic.


Esplanade Street, which runs parallel to Volunteers' Green, will be closed on Monday, April 8 as the town anticipates a large number of people to gather on the green.


Harbor Road east of Shelburne Farms to the village will be closed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 8. Only vehicles heading east into Shelburne Village will be affected.

St. Johnsbury

A portion of Church Street and Main Street in front of the Fairbanks Museum will close from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, April 8.

South Burlington

On Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, Market Street between Dorset Street and City Hall will close at 1 p.m. and reopen at night. It will be open the day of the eclipse.


Mountain Road and Stevensville Road will be restricted to local traffic only on the day of the eclipse.


River Road to the Ice Center will be closed overnight Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 to prevent overnight parking. No road closures are planned for the eclipse specifically, but some roads may still be restricted due to mud season.

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