Indiana just happens to be in the right spot to see around 90 percent of the eclipse, said IUPUI physics Prof. Andy Gavrin.
The solar eclipse will peak at about 2:25 this afternoon across the state. You’re being asked not to pull over on the side of the road to watch it, especially in the southern part of the state where the interstate could be busy with being heading south to get a prime view.
Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine says”Plan ahead. Get somewhere safe where you can watch it, not along the side of the highway, not on a roadside,” I-69, U.S. 41, and U.S. 231 are expected to experience increased traffic in southbound lanes before the event as caravans of cars head for western Kentucky where the full eclipse can be viewed within a 70-mile-wide swath encompassing Hopkinsville, Paducah, and Madison, Kentucky.
After the event, transportation planners anticipate a “mass exodus” from total eclipse regions. Expect heavier than normal northbound traffic on these routes.
I-65 will also see increased traffic going to—and returning from—total eclipse vantage points that begin at Bowling Green, KY and extend beyond Nashville, Tenn. Again, southbound traffic is expected to rise before the solar eclipse. Northbound lanes will experience congestion after the eclipse.