You won't be able to watch the eclipse in Charleston from the Ravenel Bridge walking path

FILE - Purple sky over the Ravenel Bridge. (Courtesy Annie Jenkins)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - Call it a total eclipse of the heart's desire for many. If you were planning to view the upcoming total solar eclipse from the Ravenel Bridge pedestrian and bike path, you need to make new plans.

City of Charleston officials have decided to close the walking and biking path from noon to 4 p.m. the afternoon of the eclipse, Aug. 21, citing safety concerns.

City spokesman Jack O'Toole confirmed the decision Thursday, correcting, he said, an erroneous report during a South Carolina Emergency Management Division press conference earlier in the day.

O'Toole says the city will operate the day of the eclipse under a plan similar to the one it uses each July 4, when the Ravenel Bridge pedestrian path is closed during the USS Yorktown fireworks show.

The bridge will remain open to vehicles, O'Toole says.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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