Solar Eclipse Travel Period: SCDOT to Restrict Lane Closures And Provide Extra Crews to Assist Motorists
To keep up with road conditions, SCDOT’s 511 Traveler Information system provides real-time traffic information on all South Carolina interstate highways and some of the highways along the coast. Users can call 511, access the system online at www.511SC.org or download the free app.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) plans to restrict upcoming highway work on interstates and primary routes to avoid lane closures due to anticipated heavy traffic expected for the solar eclipse.
SCDOT will not allow any non-emergency lane closures on interstates from 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, through 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 22. No lane closures will be allowed on primary routes from Sunday morning, Aug. 20, until Tuesday evening, Aug. 22.
SCDOT will have increased SHEP Patrols on interstates and primary routes assisting motorists this weekend through Monday. SCDOT SHEP responders make minor repairs to disabled vehicles and assist with traffic control and traffic incident management.
On Monday, Aug. 21, SCDOT SHEP will increase services along interstate routes such as I-26. To request SCDOT SHEP, dial *HP. SCDOT SHEP will continue to provide customer service to the existing 350-mile statewide service area.
In addition on Monday, Aug 21, SCDOT maintenance crews will be patrolling interstates to provide a phone for a stranded vehicle to call a tow truck; assist in changing a flat tire for a stranded vehicle; or provide a small amount of gasoline if someone has run out and is stranded.
SCDOT advises the public to plan ahead and find a safe place to view the eclipse.
**DO NOT stop on roadways to view the eclipse.
**DO NOT park on highway shoulders to view the eclipse.
**DO NOT drive while wearing solar eclipse glasses.
On Thursday, Aug. 17, SCDOT’s electronic message boards began running an advisory message advising motorists to plan ahead for Monday’s eclipse. SCDOT’s electronic message boards will be remain active throughout the event; first warning of heavy congestion today through Sunday and, on Monday, to remind motorists not to park on interstate highways.