The Oregon Department of Transportation is warning last minute travelers they could miss it all if they wait until Monday Aug. 21 to hit the road to view the total solar eclipse. The eclipse begins in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. on Aug. 21, and will likely be the busiest traffic event in Oregon history. Eclipse fans must be in place well beforehand or risk getting stuck in traffic. Post-eclipse travel may present even more problems. With hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road at the same time, the trip home may be the most difficult part. ODOT advises that those planning on viewing the Eclipse should arrive early, stay put and leave late.
Travelers have a shared responsibility to keep themselves, their passengers and other travelers safe. ODOT is not planning to close any highways unless it’s a short closure for emergency response. Rest areas will be open, but they are not available for camping. ODOT will have crews posted at strategic locations along critical travel routes to help keep motorists mobile and safe. ODOT will make regular, frequent updates to trip check dot com and 511. ODOT will keep our local stations KYTE FM 102.7, KNPT AM 1310, KCRF FM 96.7 U-92 COUNTRY, AM 1400 KBCH and AM 820 KWDP up to date and we will report travel and road condition information. ODOT encourages citizens to plan to have a good time in Oregon viewing the eclipse. Plan ahead and make it easy and enjoyable for everyone.