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I-65 solar eclipse traffic delays reported near Lafayette, Indiana – NBC Chicago

Significant traffic delays occurred on Interstate 65 Monday evening as crowds of drivers headed to the Chicago area after traveling to experience the 2024 solar eclipse in full.

Around 8:15 p.m., delays of more than two hours were reported near State Road 18 in the Brookston area, as shown by Google Maps. Traffic camera footage from the Indiana Department of Transportation showed strong backups near State Route 18 and State Route 25.

Backups were widely reported between Lafayette and Rensselaer, with a few slow spots also further south between Lafayette and Lebanon.

Elsewhere on I-65, traffic was constant.

In an article on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, Indiana State Police Sgt. Glen Fifield said traffic was moving at a normal pace starting at 7 p.m. in the Lowell area.

“Drivers are reducing their speed (which we love and appreciate!) and although traffic is steady, so far so good on I-65 from Lafayette north to Merrillville,” he added. “There are a few slow spots as you head north from Kankakee…”

With the exception of northbound I-65 in the Lafayette area, traffic has cleared across most of the state, INDOT said in a message at 7:39 p.m.

INDOT urged drivers to check its website or the INDOT TrafficWise app for travel conditions.

Monday’s solar eclipse, considered a unique celestial event, passed through parts of central Indiana and southern Illinois as it crossed North America.

NBC Chicago

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