FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Eclipse traffic heading into Columbia begins


If you’re on the roads Monday, take a little extra time to breathe and think clearly as you’ll likely be dealing with out-of-town drivers.

Traffic heading into Columbia will be heavier than usual.

RELATED: Watch traffic cameras from SCDOT on your smartphone or mobile device.

WIS coverage of eclipse traffic includes Sky Eye 10 throughout the day.

The Federal Highway Administration suggests drivers and pedestrians alike take these eight points into consideration when it comes to the eclipse on Monday:

  1. Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the event.
  2. Exit the highway to a safe location to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
  3. Don’t take photographs while driving!
  4. Don’t try to wear opaque eclipse glasses while operating a vehicle.
  5. Turn your headlights on — do not rely on your automatic headlights when the eclipse blocks out the sun.
  6. Watch out for pedestrians along smaller roads. People may be randomly parking and walking alongside the roadside in the hours around the eclipse to get the best view.
  7. Prepare for extra congestion especially on the interstates in the path on the day before, the day of and day after the eclipse.
  8. Avoid travel during the eclipse or in the area of the main path if you can.

If you’re in the city of Columbia, there are no planned road closures, but Columbia police will be throughout the city at major intersections monitoring traffic. Those locations include:

Major Intersections:

  • Assembly & Gervais Streets
  • Assembly & Taylor Streets
  • Assembly & Hampton Streets
  • Assembly & Laurel Streets
  • Assembly St. & Elmwood Avenue
  • Huger & Hampton Streets
  • Huger & Taylor Streets
  • Huger & Laurel Streets
  • Interstate I-126
  • Blossom & Huger Streets
  • Blossom & Assembly Streets
  • Elmwood Avenue & Main Street
  • Elmwood Avenue & Bull Street
  • Bull Street & Colonial Drive
  • Bull & Harden Streets

Entertainment Districts:

  • Five Points
  • The Vista
  • Main Street Corridor
  • Devine Street Corridor
  • Green Street Corridor
  • Riverfront Park
  • Finlay Park
  • South East Park

Additional Locations:

  • SC State Museum
  • Edventure Children’s Museum
  • Coble Plaza
  • Drew Wellness Center
  • City Garages
  • Owens Field Park

“We want visitors to feel welcomed when they arrive and have a comfort level during their stay. They’ll notice a large police presence throughout the City,” says Chief Holbrook.

As always, stay alert with traffic through the WIS First Alert Weather app!

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