Planning to be in Brevard County for Artemis launch day? Here’s the traffic plan

Traffic plans released for Artemis launch day

The Space Launch Systems rocket sits on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center. (NASA)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Brevard County is planning for major congestion in and around Kennedy Space Center next week because of the Artemis I launch.

The first moon mission for the Artemis program has a targeted launch day of Monday, Aug. 29, with a two-hour window that opens at 8:33 a.m. Officials are expecting upwards of about 200,000 people to come to the area for the launch.

The heaviest traffic is expected between 5 - 10 a.m. on the day of the launch.

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The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization said there will also be five cruise ships at Port Canaveral that morning, which will add potentially thousands of people into the traffic mix.

Once the rocket launches, law enforcement and transportation officials will implement a plan to move traffic smoothly out of the northern part of the county.

In the Titusville area, all drivers north of Harrison Street will be routed northbound out of the city to State Road 46. Vehicles south of Harrison will be routed southbound to Cheney Highway. This includes any drivers along U.S. 1 (North Washington Avenue). Those drivers will then be able to travel west on S.R. 46 or Cheney Highway.

Eastbound drivers on State Road 528 will proceed eastbound to A1A south. Use S.R. 520 westbound as an alternate to S.R. 528. Westbound drivers on S.R. 528 will continue west on S.R. 528.

Titusville police said the Max Brewer Bridge, an area that’s a popular launch viewing spot, will be closed for an hour after the launch for pedestrian traffic.

Anyone leaving the bridge or on Garden Street will be routed west out of the city.

Further south, drivers who want to go westbound from A1A in the Cocoa Beach area will need to go to State Road 520 to meet up with S.R. 528.

Meanwhile, drivers on A1A northbound need will not be able to go west onto State Road 520. They will have to either go up to S.R. 528 and go west. No U-turns will be allowed on S.R. 528 or on George King Boulevard.

The updated traffic flow map for Monday's Artemis launch. (Space Coast TPO)

NASA has three possible launch dates for this first mission for the Artemis program:

  • Aug. 29: Two-hour launch window opens at 8:33 a.m., 42-day mission with an Oct. 10 splashdown
  • Sept. 2: Two-hour launch window opens at 12:48 p.m., 39-day mission with an Oct. 11 splashdown
  • Sept. 5: One and a half-hour launch window opens at 5:12 p.m., 42-day mission with an Oct. 17 splashdown

When the launch happens, News 6 will stream it live.

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