Travelers drive through Cincinnati to see total solar eclipse

Path of totality in Western Ky., Tennessee
Posted at 11:54 PM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 14:54:59-04

CINCINNATI -- Heavy traffic flooded the Brent Spence Bridge along Interstate 71/75 Sunday evening as travelers drove through Cincinnati to catch a glimpse of a total eclipse of the sun.

The path of totality — where the sun will be completely blocked by the moon —  cuts across the entire United States Monday. 

Cincinnati will experience about 93 percent, but areas in Western Kentucky and Tennessee fall on the path of totality. 

Andy Lenze, of Ontario, Canada, drove through the Cincinnati area with his friends to catch the full solar eclipse in Princeton, Kentucky.

“I brought a lot of camera gear -- I want to document our journey. We got the GoPro going all day long, we've got the special filters for the camera and the proper shades to watch, and then I think it really is just a matter of taking in the experience,” Lenze said.

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Michael Banks, of New Hampshire, is looking forward to being apart of history.

"I'm really just along for the ride, but I realize now especially with all of the media attention and everything that's going on it's just a tremendous thing to be a part of,” Banks said.

If you're not taking a trip to the belt of totality to watch the solar eclipse, you may want to come up with a game plan to view the eclipse here in the Tri-State.

If you live closer to downtown or in an area with lots of street lights, you may have some trouble viewing the eclipse. If you live in a more rural area, you home may suffice as a decent viewing area.