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Google gets into the eclipse spirit with national congestion maps

 Eclipse traffic from Atlanta to Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon 8/19 courtesy: Arthur Bass
Eclipse traffic from Atlanta to Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon 8/19 courtesy: Arthur Bass

The eclipse is here and traffic is starting to heat up. On Sunday afternoon, Google and other traffic services were starting to show congestion on highways that were on the route line for the total eclipse. Drivers caught in the traffic are sniping photos and posting to social media (like the one above). 

Google even came out with a tracking map to show you where the highways were most congested. Armed with traffic and weather maps- what else do you need? Ah yes, approved eye-wear. Unfortunately, we can not help you there. There have been some reports of people paying over $50 for a single approved pair of eclipse glasses.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and fleetowner.com. Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.
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