IDOT prepares for the eclipse, SIU seeking volunteers

State transportation officials are continuing their preparations for the total solar eclipse. IDOT officials say lane closures for major state projects in southern Illinois will be temporarily lifted during the weekend before the eclipse and the following day. The state expects up to 200,000 people to visit the region to view the eclipse and attend festivities. But unlike some states, Illinois will not place any special restrictions on truck activities due to the eclipse. IDOT will use digital message boards to communicate traffic and safety messages.

If you’re free on August 21st, SIU-Carbondale is still looking for volunteers to help with activities surrounding the eclipse. Volunteers are needed at the Student Center, parking area, and art and craft tents among other areas of campus. Several volunteer shifts are available to accommodate most schedules. Volunteers must attend a training session that will provide necessary information and updates for every shift. If you’re interested, go to