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Interview: NYS DOT Region Two Public Information Officer Heather Tehan talks preparations for upcoming eclipse

Published on April 02, 2024

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The public should expect local traffic to be impacted by the upcoming solar eclipse all across the North Country, especially for State Routes 12 & 28, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office warns.

"Please note that these remote locations will have limited fuel locations," the Sheriff's Office said in a released statement.

"Some streets and bridges in other areas of the county may be closed for pedestrian viewing."

According to NYSDOT Region 2 Public Information Officer Heather Tehan, traffic is expected to be heaviest before and especially after the totality. Be sure to listen to our latest on-air coverage from Tuesday, April 2, 2024 for more insight, tips and important information:

NWS Total Eclipse April 8 2024

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Even residents who do not plan to watch the eclipse should plan on the following:

- Potential for delayed/disrupted emergency service responses and prolonged response times.
- Potential for stranded motorists.
- Fuel infrastructure may not be able to support an increase in vehicular traffic.
- Gridlocked traffic may increase fuel, food, and water demand depending on duration.
- Cellular networks may be overloaded by high volume.
- Increase in 911 call volume.
- DO NOT PARK or stop in the roadway. If you wish to stop, find a safe location that does not interfere with traffic.
- Plan on staying in the region the night of the event.
- If you can’t stay, fuel/charge up the day before the event.
- Have extra food and water in your vehicle for your trip.
- Have cellphones charged and bring chargers with you.
- Plan on being in traffic for an extended period.
- Plan on viewing the event from designated viewing sites.

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