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MoDOT warns about potential massive traffic jams during solar eclipse

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse is still weeks away but MoDOT is already issuing advice to drivers because of the potential for large traffic jams.

Owen Hasson of MoDOT told News 4, "We expect more than a million people to come into the State of Missouri and that's really going to congest our roadways."

Hasson recommends that you leave very early to get to the place you plan to view the eclipse. And he recommends attending an event that runs through the afternoon so you can hang out till traffic thins.

MoDOT also warns drivers not to pull onto the shoulder to get out and view the eclipse and not to wear eclipse glasses to view the sun while you drive.

"You can't  see anything through these glasses except the sun so you can't drive down the roadway wearing these glasses, said Hasson.

On the day of the eclipse, MoDOT is also advising highway drivers involved in minor accidents without injuries to drive to the next exit and stop in a parking lot instead of pulling over to the shoulder to exchange information.

Click here to see the best places to view the eclipse.

Click here to see a breakdown of eclipse viewing for all Missouri cities.

Click here to see a breakdown of eclipse viewing for all Illinois cities.

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