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Gettysburg gears up for tourist invasion

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Pennsylvania State Police and Adams County officials have presented their plans for dealing with the huge crowds that will come to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle.

The officials said their plans include alternate routes, traffic guards and shuttle services in order to accommodate the 200,000 to 300,000 people who are expected to visit Gettysburg between June 28 and July 7.

State police troopers will assist local officers during the events.

"The Pennsylvania State Police will have a detail assigned to be down here during the 150th event," state police Sgt. William McAreavy said. "We will have visible and invisible presence throughout the area during the whole time these events are going on."

John Eline, director of the Adams County Department of Emergency Services, said the emergency operations center will be activated.

"So that we're able to communicate with other fire companies out of the area, other resources that would be potentially called in to assist in the event something bad happens here," Eline said.

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