Indiana State Police Share INDOT 'The Great Eclipse' Safety Tips

Indiana Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to plan for traffic congestion expected to occur in Southern Indiana before and after The Great Eclipse on August 21.

About 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the total eclipse path, and many of them will be on the road in order to get a closer view.

I-69, U.S. 41, and U.S. 231 are expected to experience increased traffic in southbound lanes before the event, as motorists head for Western Kentucky, where the moon’s full eclipse of the sun can be viewed within a 70-mile-wide swath encompassing Hopkinsville, Paducah, and Madison, KY.

After the event, transportation planners anticipate a 'mass exodus' from total eclipse regions. 

Drivers can expect heavier-than-normal northbound traffic on these routes. 

I-65 will also see increased traffic going to, and returning from, total eclipse vantage points that begin at Bowling Green and extend beyond Nashville. 

Southbound traffic is expected to rise before the solar eclipse.

Northbound lanes will experience congestion after the eclipse.

If skies are clear, August 21’s The Great Eclipse promises to be an unforgettable celestial phenomenon, the first that has been visible to all 48 contiguous states in several hundred years. 

Beyond the total eclipse’s 70-mile-wide path, which arcs across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina, a partial eclipse will provide a sky show that becomes more and more pronounced, the closer spectators get to the sun’s full black-out.

The partial eclipse can be well seen throughout Indiana, but traveling south improves the view.

For example, Evansville is situated to experience a partial eclipse of 99%, and Jeffersonville will see 96%.

Make plans now for overnight accommodations, as overnight camping is prohibited at rest areas.

Do not look at the partial eclipse without proper filtration.

Visit the NASA website -- which has FAQs, misconceptions about the eclipse, and much more -- by clicking here.

Eclipse Do’s & Don'ts:

  • Don’t take pictures while driving.
  • Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder.
  • Do turn your headlights on during the eclipse event.

(This story was originally published on August 17, 2017)


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