ITD prepares for increase in eclipse traffic, will not change traffic patterns for the event

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 19:10:25-04

Officials with the Idaho Transportation Department say they won't be changing traffic patters to accommodate the state's many visitors on Aug. 21, the date of the total solar eclipse. 

"No, we're not going to change the traffic patterns in the sense that we're not going to change a road that's typically north-bound, we're not going to flip it so it heads south," ITD Public Information Officer Bill Kowtowski said. "It's going to stay the same direction on all of our highways."

Travelers will see some changes out on the roads, though.

"What drivers will see, though, is some areas will have flaggers, some temporary stop lights, some signals, to help manage some of the traffic flow," Kotowski said. 

ITD wants to remind drivers to be prepared when traveling and bring extra food and water in case they get stuck in traffic. 

Officials also want drivers to obey all traffic laws. They're telling drivers to not stop on roads or highways to view the eclipse, avoid parking in emergency turn-out lanes, and follow the direction of law enforcement.