Drivers Urged to Stay Alert While Driving on Monday, August 21
On Monday, August 21, many parts of the country will experience a total solar eclipse, an event which has not occurred since June 8, 1918. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) expect increased traffic volumes along I-95, MD 295 and US 1, as people travel to prime-viewing locations beginning Friday, August 18.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), approximately 200 million people (a little less than 2/3 the nation’s population) live within a day’s drive of the path of the total eclipse. Maryland is expected to get an 83 percent “partial” eclipse and nighttime-like conditions beginning at 1:18 p.m., with maximum coverage at 2:42 p.m. and ending at 4:01 p.m.
FHWA, MDOT SHA and MDTA offer the following travel advice:
• Don’t 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.