I-65 conditions are very slow southbound between Mile Points 100 - 83. The primary reason for this is the I65 widening project construction zone, three lanes are being reduced to two.
Traffic impacts to this lane reduction are obviously being magnified due to an increase in volume due to the eclipse. Once south of Mile Point 83, traffic is flowing normally.
Bluegrass Parkway is also backed up as westbound motorists approach Elizabethtown. This is due to the I-65 congestion at the interchange.
Western Kentucky Parkway traffic is moderate to heavy but is moving normally.
US 62 through Elizabethtown is also heavy as motorists detour off I-65 trying to cut over to Western Kentucky Parkway.
Motorists are reminded as the eclipse event begins, do not stop on shoulders of roadways to observe. Park in an area off of the roadway and right away.
As expected, roads in and near Hopkinsville are also experiencing heavy delays.
US-41 northbound is crawling between 6 and 8 mph on the 25-mph county road, according to GoKY.
US-68 westbound isn't doing much better with average speeds up to 8 mph on the 25-mph highway.
Crashes on I-65 northbound are also creating some heavy delays.
Earlier this morning, traffic was pretty much a parking lot at I-65 North in Louisville near the Outer Loop with a two-vehicle crash blocking the right shoulder, according to TRIMARC.
A little bit north from that crash, at I-65 North near Fern Valley Road, a crash involving five vehicles has the right shoulder and right lane blocked.
Traffic on Interstate 65 and other major arteries across the western and southern portion of Kentucky — prime viewing areas for the eclipse early Monday afternoon — is apt to be bumper to bumper, and a typical two-hour trip could take four hours or longer, said Andrea Clifford, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokeswoman.
If eclipse watchers leave at the same time after the event, "it will definitely have a major impact on traffic," she said. The advice of highway officials is to stay overnight in the area and leave Tuesday – if you can find overnight accommodations.
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