GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Monday’s solar eclipse attracted thousands of tourists to Greenville, snarling traffic and added extra time to an already busy Monday morning commute.
I-85 South heading into Greenville was practically a parking lo for most of their day as tourists anxious to get a clear view of the eclipse made their way to their destinations. The Highway Patrol brought in extra troopers to help manage traffic but that was little help to some drivers.
“Normally, you could get around in 10 or 15 minutes,” said Harold Robinson of Greenville. “Now, it’s just the fact that it’s slammed packed because of this eclipse.”
Jarrin Jenkins, another driver caught in traffic, said Woodruff Road was more packed than usual.
“All these people are sitting out in the road and this krispy creme line down here is blocking traffic,” Jenkins said. “It’s really insane.”
AAA of Greenville said today’s traffic resembled a holiday weekend and tourists has been calling in the weeks leading up to the eclipse asking for maps of the area.