CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Hurricanes are a part of life along the South Carolina coast, and the Department of Public Safety wants to make sure it's prepared for whatever happens. That includes the possibility of reversing lanes on Lowcountry highways so everyone can evacuate quicker.
Thursday, the SCDPS will conduct an exercise to test lane reversal plans but stressed that no traffic lanes will actually be reversed during the drill.
The exercise will test lane reversal plans on I-26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in the event of a coastal evacuation order. Personnel from multiple state agencies including SCDOT, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and others will all take part.
Law enforcement personnel and traffic control devices will be deployed on I-26 from the intersection of I-526 and I-26 in Charleston to I-77 and 1-26 in Columbia. Aerial units from SLED, the South Carolina national guard and SCDNR will also be surveying routes.
While no traffic will be influenced Thursday, the Department of Public Safety wants to caution drivers to be aware of law enforcement and state personnel located on the shoulder of the highways and at exits. The drill will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.