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State DOTs Halt Construction for Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017

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In light of the predicted solar eclipse today (Aug. 21), states in the pathway of totality are taking precautionary measures to both help the flow of traffic and keep road workers safe.

According to Space, the cosmic event will affect skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a 70-mile-wide span.

Precautionary Measures

For the eclipse, the South Carolina Department of Transportation plans to restrict highway work on interstates as well as primary routes, to account for the anticipated influx of tourist traffic. No lane closures will be allowed on primary routes, and the State Highway Emergency Program will have increased patrols.

Like SCDOT, the Department of Transportation for Tennessee will also lift construction-related lane closures and traffic restrictions. The only exception to this will be in the Upper East, where previously approved traffic patterns established for NASCAR races will act as the guideline.

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On Aug. 21, America will fall under the spell of a total solar eclipse. According to Space, the cosmic event will affect skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a 70-mile-wide span.

Missouri will be suspending both construction and maintenance work on major routes in the central part of the state—which is slated to be hit by the eclipse the hardest. MODOT also set up a website providing information on the eclipse and safe travel practices.

In Wyoming, the state is also suspending road construction in high-traffic areas, and not issuing any oversize or overweight permits to help with traffic flow. Nebraska is following in Wyoming’s footsteps, with certain protocols in place.

In Kansas, road construction will be suspended in the northeastern part of the state, given that that corner of the region is the only portion in the pathway of totality. The state of Illinois announced that road construction and repairs will come to a complete halt until the eclipse is over.

Kentucky is preparing for a high volume of traffic like all other states in the path of totality, and there is a likelihood of road construction being put to a halt. In North Carolina, the DOT will suspend roadwork and lane closures as well.

Idaho has placed a number of traffic counters to give drivers and would-be eclipse-viewers a better sense of how many cars are going to be in a given area, along with suspending roadside construction.

Oregon will also be closing down all road construction and repairs to accommodate for the massive influx of people the state is anticipating.

For the duration of the eclipse, all departments actively encourage those driving to get a better view of the eclipse to not stop or park on major roadways when the solar show begins. 


Tagged categories: Construction; Department of Transportation (DOT); Infrastructure; Roads/Highways

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