CHARLESTON, SC - In preparation for a possible disaster, state and local agencies will conduct a hurricane evacuation exercise that calls for lane reversals on several South Carolina interstates and highways.
No need to worry: Lanes will not actually be reversed as a part of Wednesday's exercise.
Beginning at 8 a.m., the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies will simulate their lane reversal plans for three major coastal areas. In the event of a coastal evacuation, the plan will reverse lanes on Interstate 26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544.
Officials say the exercise, which will run until 3 p.m., should not interfere with traffic, and intersections will not be blocked.
Motorists are asked to use caution along I-26, U.S. 501, U.S. 278, U.S. 21, and S.C. 544, as officers will be positioned on the shoulder of the highway and near several exits for the simulation.