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Preparing for the Great American Eclipse

An once-in-a-lifetime event will happen in Nebraska on August 21, 2017 with the Great American Eclipse. The Nebraska State Patrol wants all in Nebraska to enjoy this amazing spectacle, but stay safe while doing it. We're expecting a large number of visitors to come to Nebraska as the viewing opportunities in the Good Life will be extraordinary. Below you will find some helpful information for those coming to Nebraska for the eclipse or for those of us who will be welcoming those visitors to our state.

Safe Driving Information

  • Do NOT stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  • Nebraska Tourism and Nebraska Game and Parks have set up numerous sites for viewing the eclipse. Leave the highways and find of these safe locations for the event. You can find a list of local community events here. 
  • Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse requires special glasses designed to make it safe for you to look at the sun. Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving. The lenses are extremely dark and you will not be able to see the road or other vehicles.
  • Turn on your headlights all day. The eclipse will make is appear as though it is night, even in the middle of the day. Don't rely on your automatic headlights for assistance. Manually turn them on before the eclipse so you don't get caught in the dark while driving.
  • Do NOT take photos while driving. 
  • Watch out for pedestrians. There may be many people walking around looking toward the sky. Be safe on smaller roads and watch out for those on foot.
  • Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the interstates and highways in the eclipse's path. Traffic will be heavier than normal on the days before, day of, and days after the eclipse. 
  • Plan ahead. Know where you want to be well in advance of the eclipse. Keep up to date with the latest traffic conditions here. 
  • You can find other travel tips from the Nebraska Deparment of Transportation here.

NSP Operations for the Eclipse

  • NSP have will have extra troopers on the road, specifically focus on I-80 in the path of the eclipse to keep traffic moving. Troopers will be enforcing traffic laws, and also asking those who park along the interstate to keep moving.
  • NSP is working with local law enforcement in preparation for the large influx of visitors to Nebraska communities.
  • NSP will have three aircraft from the Aviaition Support Division in the air to assist with traffic flow in many of the busy areas. The aircraft will be spread out in the eastern, central and western parts of the state.
  • NSP will provide real-time safety information via social media on the day of the eclipse. Follow NSP here: Twitter Facebook

Road Regulations for the Eclipse

  • There will be no additional road closures around the eclipse. Those already closed or limited because of construction projects will continue in most cases, but NDOT is working to limit the impact on traffic for the eclipse.
  • Overside loads will not be able to travel from Sundown on Friday, August 18 until Sunrise on Tuesday, August 22. Please plan travel accordingly.


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