Heavy traffic was reported Monday afternoon along highways 97 and 26, as well as Interstate 5 heading southbound after the total solar eclipse.
The traffic was heavy enough to prompt the Oregon Office of Emergency Management to send a message to visitors: “Stay a little longer and avoid congestion.”
While many motorists in the Pacific Northwest spent hours on clogged highways after watching the eclipse, pilots confronted their own traffic jam at a small airport in central Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive and KPTV had reported that up to 400 planes were awaiting takeoff at Madras Municipal Airport.
Oregon Department of Aviation director Mitch Swecker says other airports had more private planes than usual ahead of the eclipse, but Madras, a prime viewing spot in the path of totality had much more traffic.
We here in the Pacific Northwest aren’t the only ones experiencing the quasi post-apocalyptic (eclipse) traffic snarls, heavy post-eclipse traffic has been facing travelers on highways across the nation. A look at Google Maps on Monday afternoon showed that traffic along the eclipse’s path is extremely heavy across the nation.