The August 21 total solar eclipse is expected to bring a boon of tourists to areas along the 60-mile-wide stretch of land where the eclipse will be most noticeable. For the construction industry in those areas, that is posing both a safety concern and a scheduling headache. One of the driving factors is the safety of construction professionals on or near busy roadways and distracted drivers.
Many construction project timelines have been ramped up in order to open businesses and roadways on time.
However, contractors are also facing delays in construction projects. Eleven states have already decided to limit or completely suspend construction activity during the week of the total solar eclipse. Those states include:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina