Construction zones temporarily taken down on Natcher Parkway for eclipse traffic

Published: Aug. 20, 2017 at 4:26 PM CDT
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Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say some construction zones have been temporarily taken down to help with traffic flow as people travel to our area for the total solar eclipse.

"We were able to get the Natcher Parkway construction zone temporarily taken down where all the lanes on the Natcher Parkway from I-65 to Exit 9 in Bowling Green are open," says Wes Watt with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 3.

The speed limit is still 55mph, even with both lanes open.

"There still are construction barrels that are set up because that construction zone will be put back in place in a few days," adds Watt.

As far as traffic for the eclipse, as of Sunday afternoon, crews were driving around, setting up, and checking areas. They say they're relying on predictions they've received to know where to concentrate.

"We will have pre-deployed crews in certain areas, particularly in areas where we anticipate highly traveled areas tomorrow. We are also having some of our traffic engineers at a couple of exits on I-65 to manually control traffic signals in the event that traffic begins to get backed up onto the interstate at the ramps," says Watt.

As far as traffic after the eclipse, it's unclear whether travelers plan to stay in our area for a few days, or hit the road as soon as the eclipse is over.