People in eclipse path asked to prepare for heavy traffic from visitors

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it can’t pinpoint just one location where traffic brought in by the total solar eclipse may cause problems. The cabinet wants you to help by planning ahead.

Major events will draw traffic to not only interstates, but also secondary roads through small towns like Princeton, Kentucky. 

A few cars every now and then could be seen driving along one section of Kentucky 91, just outside of Princeton. Inside a flea market on that highway, owner Carroll Son and his granddaughters have free time to cool off. A month from now, that won’t be the case.

"According to what everyone says, I’ll be lucky to get to work counting the traffic," Son said.

Son’s shop is about 10 miles away from one of the area’s biggest events.

"I’m going to have plenty of groceries at home, my business is ground packed and I’m ready for them," Son said.

"We have about 10 counties directly in the path here. Another 11, we think will get a lot of traffic," said Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. 

Todd expects roads in the path to be busiest the Friday before the eclipse through the Tuesday after.

"We’re asking people to treat this very much the way they would in a large snow event," Todd said.

You’re advised to stock up on groceries, fill your gas tank, and schedule doctors appointments and other activities around those dates.

Son can’t wait for the crowds.

"I’m hoping to sell everything I’ve got, restock," Son said.

"The eclipse will take place on Aug. 21. 

Other roadways expected to be especially congested include the Pennyrile Parkway and the U.S. 68/Kentucky 80 corridor.

For a countdown to the eclipse and more information about it, head to the Local Eclipse Authority page.

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