Five Ways to Prepare for Eclipse 2017
Oregon will be the first state where you can view the total solar eclipse crossing the United States Monday, August 21. For about two and half hours, daytime will gradually yield to dusk—and to darkness for about two minutes—as the moon passes in front of the sun. We're planning ahead to keep Oregon moving, and we encourage you to do the same. An estimated 1 million visitors are coming to Oregon to view this celestial spectacle. That means traffic backups are inevitable, but preparation ensures a good time for visitors and residents alike. What you do to plan ahead will make or break your eclipse-viewing experience.
- Expect traffic changes. We don't plan to close any state highways. But as traffic volumes increase, we may restrict some left turns to and from highways in order to keep traffic moving. Cities and counties may choose to do the same thing on their streets and roads, especially around venues with many visitors.
- Help keep roads clear. Staying off the roads helps make sure emergency service vehicles can get through. Take care of errands well before Aug. 21. Limit your trips, or ride your bicycle!
- Travel with friends. Joining friends and family for the trip to totality will reduce the number of cars on the road. Find carpool information at www.drivelessconnect.com
- Caution friends, family and other visitors. Tell them to #DriveHealthy. Avoid unnecessary distractions during your travels - and especially when our highways will be crowded during the time of the eclipse. Arrive early, stay put during the eclipse and leave late afterwards. If everyone jumps on the highways all at the same time right after the eclipse, no one will go very far very fast. Remember, all travelers have a share responsibility to stay safe.
- Be prepared. Plan ahead for your basic needs such as food, water, gas for the car and bathroom breaks in case you're stuck in traffic. Plan to get to where you need to be before you need to go! Use TripCheck.com or call 511 before you travel for 24/7 updates on road condition information.
We're all in this together. ODOT will have crews posted along critical travel routes to keep motorists mobile and safe, and we'll provide travel updates via TripCheck.com and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available.
This is a rare opportunity but it brings potential hazards. We must all do our part to be prepared. Look out for each other. Help your neighbors and other travelers who may be unfamiliar with the area. Be friendly, helpful and patient - and please enjoy Oregon!