CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Highway Patrol is advising people not headed north for this morning’s solar eclipse to avoid the Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 85 corridors, if at all possible.
Troopers saw an increase in traffic along the I-25 corridor in Cheyenne starting at around 3 a.m., and it has been steady since.
As of 8:30 a.m., traffic was coming to a near stop on I-25 northbound in the Cheyenne area. U.S. Highway 85 north of Cheyenne, heading toward Torrington, is also seeing heavy congestion.
Motorists are advised to plan accordingly for the post-eclipse traffic.
Highway Patrol offers the following tips:
- Ensure vehicles have plenty of fuel. There are some areas in Wyoming where there are long distances between fuel stations. Plan travel accordingly.
- Pay attention and don’t drive distracted. Drive defensively because there will be more motorists on the road, and some of them may be slowing down or may not be paying attention when the eclipse is occurring. Motorists should watch out for distracted drivers.
- Bring plenty of water, sunscreen and snacks.
- Don’t stop and pull onto the side of the roads during the eclipse. It’s illegal to park on the shoulders or in any ditch areas. It can be dangerous for you and other motorists and also can inadvertently start a grass fire.
- Don’t use the median crossings on the interstates for turning around or parking. Those crossings are for authorized vehicles only.
- Watch out for pedestrians along roads. People may randomly park and walk along the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
- Should traffic come to a stop while you are traveling, please be patient and stay inside your vehicle so you are protected.
- If you are in need of law enforcement assistance while on the highway you can call the Wyoming Highway Patrol at (307)777-4321 or by using #HELP on your cellular phone.