As of Friday, traffic on Missouri’s major roads and highways was running smoothly.
But with upwards of 1 million out-of-state sky watchers expected in Missouri by Monday, the day of the total solar eclipse, traffic could easily become a major issue.
Among the best ways to check before heading out is a website established by Missouri Department of Transportation that offers real-time maps of traffic. It also allow online viewers to see traffic through highway cameras.
To check traffic go to traveler.modot.org/map. In the left-hand column, scroll down to the heading “traffic.” Click the box for “real-time traffic.” The map will show slow heavy traffic as lines of red, medium traffic in yellow and normal traffic in green. You can also click on a box marked “camera” to get a live view of traffic along major routes.
Headed to St. Joseph? The department has also published preferred routes at modot.org/northwest/SOLARECLIPSE.