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Man looks to take advantage of Walker's Bluff traffic during eclipse

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- 'Keep out' and 'no trespassing' signs line the streets heading to Walker's Bluff, where thousands of people are expected for the Moonstock Music Festival this weekend.

"There's not that many ways in and out, so if there's thousands of people coming in, I'd say there's going to be some congestion of some kind," said Ron Waldron.

Waldron lives on Vermont Road, near the turnoff to Moonstock. But unlike many of his neighbors dreading the traffic, he's welcoming it.

Waldron and his wife Jayleen are hosting a yard sale, looking to take advantage of the area's many visitors.

"We took it into consideration, the fact that there will be a lot more traffic flow out this way, and hopefully get more people out here," he said.

He says that he does share some of the concerns of his neighbors, like bumper-to-bumper traffic, and drivers not used to the area's narrow roads.

"We're both old enough that things could happen, and it would be bad if one of us became ill and couldn't get out of the driveway," he said.

But Waldron says that he's working to turn the traffic that many of his neighbors call a negative, into a positive.

"As much traffic as they're talking about being down here even if just a small percentage turns in, we'll have a good turnout," he said.

And while Waldron says he does understand the complaints of some in the area about potential traffic, he's hoping for a beautiful day.

"There's a lot of mixed feeling one way or the other, some of them wished it was never around, some of them hope it rains, but I hope its clear and pretty and everyone gets to enjoy it," he said.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has set up temporary satellite offices in the area to try to help with traffic flow.

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