Gov. Beshear, Kentucky State Police Remind Travelers To Prepare For Solar Eclipse

Increased traffic expected April 8, law enforcement enhancing patrol coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 2, 2024) – Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are encouraging Kentuckians, tourists and truckers to plan ahead for heavy traffic and distracted driving conditions when the moon’s shadow sweeps across the commonwealth’s western counties and a dozen other states during the afternoon of Monday, April 8.

“While we are all excited about the solar eclipse, and many of us plan to sport our eclipse glasses and enjoy the show, all travelers are strongly encouraged to plan ahead, making sure their vehicles are equipped with supplies, gas and any necessities in the event of increased traffic and prolonged delays,” Gov. Beshear said.

The totality phase will enter Kentucky minutes before 2 p.m., CDT, April 8, in parts of Fulton and Hickman counties before crossing Ballard, McCracken, Livingston, Crittenden, Union and Henderson counties along the Ohio River. It will also pass over small portions of Carlisle, Graves, Webster and Daviess counties.

KSP will enhance patrol coverage and deploy additional troopers, particularly on roadways expected to be hindered by the totality phase. Motorists who must travel in or around these counties are asked to allow extra travel time to ensure a careful drive to their destination as large volumes of traffic are anticipated. 

KSP Public Affairs Commander Capt. Paul Blanton reminds citizens to watch the eclipse from designated viewing areas and to avoid stopping on interstates or controlled access highways unless there is an emergency. To prepare for increased traffic, transportation officials are lifting lane restrictions in select work zones and informing commercial truck drivers of expected traffic.

“Those wishing to view the eclipse should plan on arriving early and staying late to help reduce the potential for traffic congestion,” says Capt. Blanton. “The key to a safe solar experience is planning ahead and an abundance of patience.”

For more solar eclipse information, including tips and traffic information, see the full release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The mission of KSP is to promote public safety through service, integrity and professionalism using partnerships to prevent, reduce and deter crime and the fear of crime, enhance highway safety through education and enforcement, and safeguard property and protect individual rights. 

(Captain Paul Blanton – Kentucky State Police)