DENVER – Thousands of people flocked to Wyoming, northern Colorado, and Nebraska Monday to see the total solar eclipse, which also means that thousands of people will be making their way back into Colorado Monday afternoon.
Traffic Monday morning was a bit heavier than expected, as some last-minute travelers made their way north to see the full eclipse.
Denver7 traffic reporter Jayson Luber says that people should expect double or triple the normal commuter traffic between Denver and Cheyenne this afternoon and through the rush hour as people head back to Colorado.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said Monday it estimated more than 34,000 vehicles had gone to Wyoming over the weekend. “They will all be headed back at the same time. Drive safe!” CDOT said in a tweet.
Luber says traffic will depend on what time people decide to leave their eclipse-viewing site. Will they leave right after peak totality or stay for the full eclipse? Are people staying at their viewing site for another night?
Some of the lesser-traveled highways, including Highway 85 and Highway 287, could prove to be good alternatives should I-25 turn into a parking lot. But others are sure to choose those routes as well.
Ahhhh I just got data back after 4 hours in traffic and 4 more to go back to Colorado. This has been grueling. pic.twitter.com/1xBXuo7syC