The added eclipse traffic was not limited to the highways and interstates.
Airports in Nebraska near the path of the eclipse saw more arrivals.
Central Nebraska Regional Airport executive director Mike Olson says the additional planes are not impacting commercial flights.
“The only problem will be the passengers being able to get to the airport with all the traffic,” Olson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He noted there was heavy traffic on Highway 281 from Interstate 80 north into Grand Island.
As many as 130 planes had reserved parking space at the airport, but Olson says the actual number will be closer to 85. He says some cancelled and picked another airport because of anticipated cloud cover in central Nebraska.
North Platte Regional Airport manager Mike Sharkey says there were about 40 planes there by noon.
He says the airport operator was expecting as many as 70.
“They’ve been getting calls since last week,” Sharkey tells Nebraska Radio Network. “People making appointments for parking spots, so they’re handling it and they have extra staff on duty and it’s going very well.”