State Highway Patrol ready for eclipse. Are you?
WYOMING – How keyed up for the eclipse is the Wyoming Highway Patrol? They don’t want to see any oversized vehicles on state highways day of, day before, or day after the event.
A statement from WHP today read: No oversize/overweight loads will be permitted in/through Wyoming from Sunday, August 20 through Tuesday, August 22. Oversized loads cannot travel during that time period even with a permit in hand.
“In the days ahead of the eclipse and just after, high volumes of visitor traffic are expected in Wyoming. Many lodging establishments along the viewing path have been booked well in advance for that weekend. Wyoming Highway Patrol encourages people to arrive early at their viewing destinations and stay late to avoid potential traffic congestion,” stated the department via press release.
• Be prepared for distracted drivers
• Traffic volumes are expected to create travel congestion
• Note that cell phone reception may be limited or not available in some areas
• No parking is permitted along the highways
Law enforcement authorities have commented they believe food and fuel may become limited during eclipse weekend along the viewing path. Residents are encouraged to fuel up the tanks of their vehicles ahead of time and stock up on the food they will want during that time as store shelves may become depleted. Ice may also become in short supply. Travelers are encouraged to have their supplies in advance before traveling through the eclipse route as some things may become out of stock at local stores in the eclipse viewing area.