August 18, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The long-awaited celestial event of a lifetime is almost here. On
August 21, the moon will block out the sun’s light, causing a total eclipse across nearly 468.4 miles of
Nebraska. Large crowds across the state are expected, and that means Nebraska residents and visitors
alike will need to be extra careful as they travel to their chosen viewing spot, both during the weekend
leading up to the event and on the actual day of the eclipse.
Motorists are asked not to stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event. Exit the
highway to a safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse. Turn vehicle headlights on during the
entire day and watch out for pedestrians who may be walking along the roadside in the hours around the
eclipse. Prepare for extra congestion, especially on the interstates in the eclipse’s path.
The most current traffic information is available on www.511.nebraska.gov or through the Nebraska
511 app available for download for Android and Apple devices. Another option is to follow
@nebrask511 on Twitter. Motorists should also be aware that a travel restriction will be in place
around the dates of the solar eclipse. Oversized loads will not be able to travel on Nebraska
highways and Interstate 80 from sunset on August 18 until sunrise on August 22.
For more information on travel in Nebraska and optimal viewing locations, please visit http://neclipse17.com/
or http://outdoornebraska.gov/eclipse/. Information about travel safety tips can be found at
http://dot.nebraska.gov/news-media/eclipse/. For information on the solar eclipse, its path and how to view it
with proper safety glasses or other techniques, visit the NASA website at http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.