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By Scott Schulte
Pine Bluffs Post Reporter 

Eclipse weekend advice: Stay home and be prepared


August 17, 2017

Scott Schulte

Burns EMS Supervisor Jeff Bartels explains to members of the Burns City Council and those in attendance what to expect when visitors merge on Wyoming and especially our area. Stay home was his best advice.

Have plans for this weekend?

Jeff Bartels, Burns EMS Supervisor has a great idea for people in our area.

"Stay home," Bartels said during the Burns City Council meeting. "Try not to plan on going anywhere."

Bartels said the Wyoming Highway Patrol is expecting an influx of visitors that could exceed 350,000 people. The excitement is over Monday's solar eclipse with some of the best viewing of the eclipse taking place right along I-80 and I-25 in Wyoming.

"To give you an idea of what is expected," Bartesl said. "Highway patrol is estimating driving from Denver to Cheyenne to take 17 hours."

That trip is normally about 90 minutes.

"People should go to the store and get food and top off your gas tanks," Bartel said. "Do these things before the weekend."

Bartels also expects out-of-towners to park on the side of I-80 or drive on roads located just off the interstate.

"I-80 and I-25 will be parking lots."

"Take care our yourselves," Bartels said. "Protect yourselves and enjoy the eclipse. Protect your eyes with the special glasses so we're not having a bunch of calls about burned eyes."

The Wyoming Highway Patrol's Facebook page states the following:

"The Wyoming Patrol would like to inform you of the following information as the 2017 Solar Eclipse event quickly approaches."

"The eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21st. It will start traveling through Wyoming at Grand Teton National Park around 11:35 a.m. MST."

"No oversize/overweight loads will be permitted in/through Wyoming Sunday, August 20th through Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. Oversized loads cannot travel during that time even with permits in hand."

The Highway Patrol also said, be prepared for distracted drivers. Traffic volumes are expected to create travel congestion particularly along I-25 Food and fuel are likely to be limited so people should plan accordingly before traveling through the eclipse route.

In addition, cell phone coverage may also be limited and no parking is permitted along the highways.

The WHP encourages people to arrive early and stay late to avoid potential traffic congestion.iod even with a permit in hand.

• Be prepared for distracted drivers

• Traffic volumes are expected to create travel congestion particularly along I-25

• Food and fuel are likely to be limited- Plan accordingly before traveling through the eclipse route.


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