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Traffic expected during the lunar eclipse on April 8. That’s right there

It’s an understatement to say that many people will see the eclipse on April 8, but it does mean that there is expected to be a lot of traffic across the United States that day.

On April 8, the eclipse will be visible from North America from Texas all the way northeast to Maine. This general path shows when the 31.6 million people who live near that path are expected to see the moon, according to NBC News.

NASA has released a map detailing the path of the 2024 solar eclipse, with a clear view of the eclipse’s path starting in Mexico and crossing Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York , Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before leaving over the North Atlantic.

All of Coos County in northern New Hampshire will be within the path of the eclipse with a 100% view of the event. On March 25, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, local officials, New Hampshire State Police and New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management urged all visitors to Coos County to use state highways to reach the viewing areas. when the moon arrives and on their journeys home, it follows. from NHDOT.

Some secondary roads and local roads were not designed to handle the heavy traffic, and spring in the north country can bring cold waves and very soft shoulders, NHDOT said. Traffic caused by the blackout will affect roads throughout New Hampshire. Please obey all officers assisting with traffic control as well as all traffic control signs and devices. Be prepared to move slowly south after the eclipse on Monday evening.

Coos County officials expect a crowd of about 50,000 to gather for the event, according to Seacoastonline.

On the government’s tourism website, officials said there are limited roads in and out of the northern part of the country, so anyone close to the road should avoid non-essential travel on April 8. .

The Vermont Department of Transportation expects between 60,000 and 200,000 people to travel their routes to see the lunar eclipse, WPTZ reports. Director of finance and administration, Jayna Morse, told the news station that VTrans wants passengers to arrive on the first day of the month to reduce the risk of traffic congestion. 

Of course we’re pushing people to come early, stay late to help ease the traffic pain for those who might be coming on the day of the eclipse, Morse continued. So, there may be further delays and travelers will have to use alternative routes next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Like New Hampshire, the general route runs along the northern edge of Vermont. Barre, Montpelier, St. Albans and Burlington, among many communities, are all expected to have a full view of the moon. 

The northbound sections of I-89, Route 100, Route 7, Route 2, Route 5 and Route 22A should all see traffic backed up in areas near the center of the moon lane, Morse told VTDigger. 

The last New England state to see a solar eclipse will be Maine. Towns such as Bingham, Greenville, Millinocket, Presque Isle and Houlton, among a few others, lie in the general route. Cities like Houlton and Jackman are looking for heavy traffic and are planning to meet the influx with their own safety measures. 

The Houlton Police Department plans to close Market Square and nearby downtown streets on Friday, April 5 through the end of Monday, April 8, according to a statement. 

Jackman saw about 4,000 visitors, less than four times the city’s population, WCSH reported. 

That’s where I see the biggest problem, Mike Smith, director of Somerset County Emergency Management, told the news station. I would estimate that we usually see four or five hundred vehicles a day on (Route) 201, multiply that by ten times, and that’s why.

Transportation agencies in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine all ask that people planning to travel on or before April 8 use neengland511.org to stay updated on traffic and road closures.

NASA has outlined the times and locations New Englanders can watch from the path of totality, the local time of when totality begins on April 8 and how long it will last:

  • Burlington, Vermont, 3:26 pm, 3 minutes
  • Lancaster, New Hampshire, 3:27 pm, 3 minutes
  • Caribou, Maine, 3:32 pm, 2 minutes

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