August 16, 2017 – The Colorado Department of Transportation is doing everything it can to ensure that people who are driving to Wyoming or Nebraska to view the totality of the solar eclipse on Monday are safe and will be able to get where they are going.
Currently, predictions for attendance in Wyoming and Nebraska are very high. Some experts are predicting up to 600,000 more people cramming into Wyoming to witness this. That’s basically doubling the population of the state. And a lot of those people are going to be coming from the south so all Colorado highways heading there (I-25, US 287, US 85, CO 52, etc.) are expected to be busy. CDOT warns people to expect a lot of traffic and delays for this unique event.
CDOT has been working with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), the Wyoming Department of Transportation as well as local, city and state first responders and emergency management officials to develop a plan to try to make Monday as smooth as possible.
Those plans include:
Stopping permits for all oversize/overweight vehicles from Thursday, Aug. 17, to Wednesday, Aug. 23, north of Colorado Highway 50.
Suspending construction on all projects from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning.
Increasing Courtesy Patrol along North I-25 from one unit to four.
Strategically staging with CSP and local emergency responders along the major corridors to respond to incidents on the roadways.
Larimer County has set up a great way to stay in touch with traffic, emergency and weather alerts for the event. Just text the word “ECLIPSE” to 888777 and you will get all you need to know. In Colorado, you can also go to www.cotrip.org and in Wyoming, you can go to www.wyoroad.info for real-time traffic updates.
Since the eclipse is on a Monday, traffic is expected to be heavy through the entire weekend but will probably be worse when the eclipse has passed and everyone is heading home at the same time.