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Post-Eclipse Traffic Jams Reported Near Prime Oregon Viewing Spots


Traffic sits at a standstill heading out of the Madras Municipal Airport north of Madras as campers try to leave after the eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Traffic sits at a standstill heading out of the Madras Municipal Airport north of Madras as campers try to leave after the eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard

They came, they saw, then they clogged the roads.

Thousands of motorists in Oregon played a prolonged game of “hurry up and wait” after Monday morning’s solar eclipse, with substantial traffic slowdowns reported on Interstate 5, state highways and local streets that hordes of skygazers took back home.

State Department of Transportation cameras showed stop-and-go traffic on northbound I-5 between roughly Salem and Wilsonville, and along southbound I-5 from Salem to the Highway 34 exit near Tangent, within minutes of the moon completely blocking out the sun along the so-called path of totality.

By early afternoon, bumper-to-bumper traffic choked I-5 north from Salem to Portland and south from Salem to Eugene, as travelers left places like Salem, Corvallis and towns along the coast in the path of totality.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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