Thinking of driving down to Oregon to see the eclipse next week?
Planning to commute to Portland for work like you would on any Monday morning?
You probably shouldn’t do that, either.
Oregon and Washington transportation agencies don’t know for sure what the roads will look like when an estimated 1 million people begin descending on Oregon to stand in the path of totality during the Aug. 21 eclipse, but they’re predicting it’s going to push highways to the max.
Traffic officials expect Friday, Saturday and Sunday to be like a busy holiday weekend, but the Aug. 21 travelers could make the commute in and out of Portland a nightmare for the nearly 65,000 Clark County residents who work in the city.
“Monday, Aug. 21, is going to be a different commuting day for people in Vancouver,” said Washington Department of Transportation spokesman Bart Treece, adding that people should consider working from home, telecommuting or just taking the day off all together.
KPTV reported Tuesday that more than 17,000 cars — the amount rented in a typical week — are set to be rented out of Portland International Airport over a three-day period around the eclipse.
Lined up end-to-end, as they may well be on eclipse day, that many cars would stretch 43.46 miles. And those are just the rentals.