Brevard County officials: Expect traffic delays on Space Coast for Artemis 1 launch

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — NASA is one week away from the launch of Artemis 1 at Kennedy Space Center.


The uncrewed flight tests will take the Orion spacecraft beyond the far side of the moon.

But NASA isn’t the only agency preparing for launch day.

The Titusville Police Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Brevard County Emergency Management Office and others are getting ready for the influx of traffic from all the launch visitors.

READ: NASA’s next moonshot: What you should know about the Artemis lunar program

Titusville police have already posted their Artemis 1 launch traffic advisory for spectators north and south of Harrison Street.

Traffic on the Max Brewer Bridge will be routed westbound along Garden Street to Interstate-95 or northbound along North Washington Avenue to State Route 46.

However, the bridge could briefly close to vehicle traffic post-launch.

Tonight: NASA to give update on historic Artemis I launch from Florida’s Space Coast

At Port Canaveral, Jetty Park will be open to launch visitors from 5 a.m. until it reaches capacity.

Officials said there could be more than 200,000 visitors to the Space Coast for the launch, which is just a few days ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.

Artemis 1 is set to blast off at 8:33 a.m. If NASA’s Aug. 29 launch date holds, Port Canaveral will also be juggling five ships in port carrying 40,000 passengers.

READ: Artemis 1 rollout is first step for historic mission

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.