June 16, 2017 10:00 a.m.
A cosmic traffic jam may be coming to parts of Oregon in August and officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation are urging residents to plan ahead and be prepared.
On Monday August 21st there will be a total solar eclipse in the United States. In Oregon some areas will be in “the path of totality” and well over one million people are expected to flock to the state to view the rare event. That “path of totality” runs through areas north of Madras, Albany and Newport. Areas farther away will experience a near eclipse for a shorter period of time.
Many people have made motel reservations in the past year or two so they can come to Oregon for the eclipse. So many people are coming that ODOT has issued some advisories for the event:
*Help keep roads clear.
*Travel with friends to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
*Meet your needs in advance. That means getting errands taken care of before August 21st.
*Be prepared. If you are traveling, make sure you plan for needs like food, water and bathroom breaks.
*Expect traffic changes. Some communities may close streets to through traffic, or ban left or right hand turns to keep traffic moving, especially around large events.
*If you have visitors coming, advise them to arrive early and plan to leave well after the event.
*If possible consider working from home the day of the eclipse.
A release from ODOT says that all construction and non-emergency maintenance on state highways will be stopped while eclipse watchers are here between August 18th and the 22nd.
More information will be made available to the public as the total solar eclipse gets closer.