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Kentucky Expects 500K Visitors For Eclipse

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Posted at 2:08 PM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 15:08:35-04

Kentucky officials said they’re expected at least 500,000 visitors for August’s total solar eclipse.

They’ve urged anyone who plans to travel to western Kentucky to view the eclipse to make plans now.

“We want visitors to come and take in this once-in-a-lifetime event, but we also want them to be prepared for issues a mass migration of people heading to the eclipse corridor may create,” said Wade Clements, KYTC District 2 chief engineer.

Visitors were expected to start arriving in the area on Friday, August 18 then continue to filter in with a final surge on the morning of August 21.

Officials offered the following tips for visitors:

  • Be prepared for hot weather. Temps in mid-to-late August can be in the 90s.
  • Bring plenty of water – about a gallon a day per person.
  • Bring sun screen, insect repellant, and first aid items.
  • Bring picnic or snack items. Restaurants and grocery stores may experience long lines.
  • Pick a viewing location with rest rooms and easy access to restaurants or other source of food.
  • Do not stop along highways. Vehicles on the shoulder hinder traffic flow and create a traffic hazard.
  • Be prepared for long lines at fuel pumps. Access to fuel may be limited.
  • Be aware that heavy traffic congestion may interfere with delivery of food, fuel and other supplies along the total eclipse corridor.
  • Be careful – while local agencies are gearing up for large crowds, heavy traffic may hinder the ability of emergency agencies to respond.
  • Be patient – you are likely to encounter slow-moving traffic at some point during your visit.
  • Bring a GPS based navigation unit as cell phone navigation may be sketchy due to heavy cell and data traffic.
  • If your group is traveling in several vehicles consider communicating with two-way radios as cell service near the total eclipse corridor may be limited due to heavy demand.

For real-time Kentucky traffic and travel information, visit goky.ky.gov