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CTDOT Urges Travelers to Stay Safe and Plan Ahead for Total Eclipse on Monday

(NEWINGTON, CT)—The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) urges travelers seeking to witness the total eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024 to plan ahead and take precautions for safe travel and observation. The path of total eclipse will be narrow and visible in certain parts of northern New England, but traffic delays may occur as a result of motorists traveling to northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The National Weather Service (NWS) describes a solar eclipse as a relatively rare phenomena that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting the Moon’s shadow on the Earth. The eclipse is expected to be visible in Connecticut with approximately 92-94% Sun coverage, but it will not have the full impact as states further north.

“We encourage people seeking to enjoy this rare astrological phenomenon to plan ahead and take precautions, so everyone remains safe,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Bureau Chief of Highway Operations Paul Rizzo. “Do not try to view the eclipse while you’re driving. Keep your focus on the road at all times. The side of any roadway or highway is not a safe place to witness the eclipse, so plan ahead to reach a safe viewing spot on Monday.”

CTDOT offers the following recommendations for travelers during the upcoming solar eclipse event:

  • Plan ahead and stay informed. Before embarking on your journey to witness the solar eclipse, plan your route in advance and check CTroads.org for real-time traffic conditions, road closures, and alternate routes.
  • Do not stop on the road. The side of the road is no place to view the eclipse, so pick open areas for observation, such as public parks.
  • Use public transportation. Consider using public transportation services, such as buses or trains, to reach eclipse viewing sites.
  • Arrive early. Expect increased traffic near eclipse viewing locations, so plan to arrive early and allow extra time for travel.
  • Follow traffic signs. Pay attention to traffic signs, electronic message boards, and law enforcement instructions for guidance on parking, viewing areas, and traffic flow.
  • Drive safely. Practice safe driving habits, including using headlights during low-light conditions, avoiding distractions, obeying speed limits and traffic laws, and driving sober.

By following these recommendations and staying informed through CTroads.org, travelers can have a safe and enjoyable experience while witnessing the solar eclipse.


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