The Arkansas Department of Transportation released a Traffic Management Plan in preparation for much of the state being in the path of totality during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

Fort Smith, Ark. – State officials released a statement, saying that the Traffic Management Plan reportedly includes traffic forecasting data, traffic reduction strategies, traffic flow enhancements, as well as information about ARDOT’s Traffic Management Center and Communications Division.

The The Arkansas Department of Transportation reportedly used data from states that were in the path of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, along with state park reservation data for the upcoming Eclipse, to help anticipate travel patterns and peak travel dates and times.

With this data, ARDOT was able to identify locations where high or extreme traffic volumes are expected immediately following the Eclipse.

The TMP includes traffic reduction strategies such as: stay a while, work from home, school closings, reduce oversize loads, and a communication effort with truckers so they can make an informed decision on their travel plans.

The TMP also includes traffic flow enhancements such as: reduced construction activity, identify and mitigate potential bottlenecks, and suggest alternate routes to avoid traffic chokepoints.  

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