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State transportation officials prepare for eclipse traffic

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Thousands expected to clog state and local roadways on way to view The Great American Solar Eclipse

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s Northeast Region encourages drivers to be safe during the upcoming solar eclipse.

An estimated 53,000 drivers will travel to our most northern counties located in district one. Visitors will rely on State Route 15/US 441, and State Route 2/US 76 to attend eclipse-related events in Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White, Counties.

“Travelers need to be aware that delays along these corridors are inevitable and pulling over or parking on the shoulder is unsafe,” said Brent Cook, P.E., District Engineer out of the Gainesville office.

READ: The Great American Solar Eclipse

Georgia DOT will also restrict construction related lane closures in those counties affected by the solar eclipse.  “We will treat that day similar to a holiday travel weekend due to the volume that will be traveling into and back out of the mountain areas for various eclipse events,” Cook added.

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Coordination with local law enforcement officials will also be integral to keeping the northeast district safe by arranging assistance with traffic control and emergency response support. GDOT Hero trucks and CHAMP truck operators will be ready to respond to any issues. Citizens should call 511 if any problems arise.
To keep residents and visitors safe during the entire eclipse weekend drivers should remember the following:

  • Don’t park along the shoulder of the road, highways or interstates
  • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic before viewing the eclipse
  • Turn on headlights if you’re driving during the eclipse
  • Don’t look at the sun while driving, also don’t wear the opaque sun shades while driving
  • Remember during the eclipse it will be similar to nighttime travel

For more information about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at www.nasa.gov.

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