Eclipse traffic tips

RUTHERFORDTON, NC -The North Carolina Department of Transportation expects roughly 2 million people to move through the state over the next several days in order to view the eclipse. The seven most western counties in the state will be in the path of totality, but many will be making their way to the western part of North Carolina or get to South Carolina.

NCDOT says they encouraging people to do three things to hopefully make things run smoother. They want:

  1. people to arrive at their destination early,
  2. stay put during the event, and
  3. leave late to return home.

The Department encourages people to bring a map with them because cell service may be poor due to rural areas or high usage. Construction will be suspended in to the Western part of the state.

If you are on the roads during the event of Monday, NCDOT is encouraging people to be smart.

“We certainly do not want people pulling off on the shoulder of the road. Try and find a place completely off the road,” said Thompson.

For real time traffic during the weekend and Monday simply dial 511 or visit