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Numerous traffic backups reported in Upstate after total eclipse

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I-85 North at MM 54 in Greenville Co. (Source: SCDOT) I-85 North at MM 54 in Greenville Co. (Source: SCDOT)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

SC Highway Patrol Troopers released an advisory telling drivers to take alternate routes following Monday's total solar eclipse.

Troopers say I-85 N in Spartanburg County at Exit 69 had started backing up into Greenville County around 3:30 p.m. About 15 minutes later, the traffic had spread through Greenville County and into Anderson County. Troopers recommended drivers take Business 85 instead.

Several collisions and incidents on I-85 were also posted to the SC Highway Patrol Realtime Traffic Information system at the following locations:

  • Greenville County - I-85 northbound near mile marker 51
  • Anderson County - I-85 northbound near mile marker 35
  • Anderson County - I-85 northbound near mile marker 32
  • Anderson County - I-85 southbound  near mile marker 6
  • Anderson County - I-85 southbound near mile marker 11
  • Oconee County - I-85 southbound near mile marker 2
  • Spartanburg County - SC-14 near I-85

Multiple crashes were also reported on U.S. 25 near Old Buncombe Road and Cliffs of Glassy.

The Blacksburg Fire Department said Cherokee Street was experiencing heavy congestion around 6:45 p.m.

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