Be prepared for long delays due to eclipse traffic

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Aug. 15, 2017
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Be prepared for long delays due to eclipse traffic

With the Aug. 21 solar eclipse less than a week away, motor carriers may already be experiencing heavier traffic than normal. They need to prepare for long delays in the days before and after the event because of traffic.

To prepare, motor carriers need to know:

* There is only one restriction on trucking in place because of the eclipse. Over-width loads will NOT be allowed to operate anywhere in Oregon from noon Friday, Aug. 18, to 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.  Other over-dimensional loads with permits, including triples, will still be allowed.
* ODOT will not close any state highways around the eclipse, but cities and counties may close some roads or prohibit left turns at some intersections to help traffic flow.
* Nearly all ODOT construction projects and non-emergency maintenance work will be shut down during the eclipse. Lane closures, detours and work zones will remain in place.
* Emergency closures for crashes and emergency responders may cause delays in addition to heavy traffic.
* Eclipse events are scheduled in many public parking areas such as fairgrounds. ODOT anticipates limited parking for commercial vehicles.
* ODOT Motor Carrier staff will be working on the day of the eclipse.
* Motor carriers are encouraged to reschedule deliveries as far as possible before or after Aug. 21.

More information on preparing for the eclipse: