NCDOT prepares for many eclipse travelers

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning for roughly 2 million people to move through the state over the next several days in order to view the eclipse.

"We do not have a previous event to compare this to as far as traffic management goes and that is why we are taking it very seriously," said Jen Thompson with NCDOT.

The seven most western counties in the state will be in the path of totality, but many will be making their way through Charlotte to either get 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 people to arrive at their destination early, stay put during the event, and leave late to return home.

The Department is also encouraging people to bring a map with them because cell service may be poor because of how many people will be on the roads.

Construction will be suspended in to the Western part of the state but not in the Charlotte area.

"We will still have scheduled lane closures but we are in contact with contractors and staff to be vigilant, knowing that if traffic gets congested we may suspend those closures," said Thompson.

If you are on the roads during the event of Monday, NCDOT is encouraging people to be smart when they try and view the eclipse.

"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.

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