SCDPS to test hurricane evacuation lane reversal plan

Published: Jun. 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is planning to test lane reversal plans for all three major coastal areas of the state on Tuesday, the agency announced.

Authorities say no traffic lanes will actually be reversed during this exercise, and should not interfere with the flow of traffic.

However, motorists traveling I-26, U.S. 501, and S.C. 544 as well as U.S. 278 and U.S. 21 should be cautious and aware that law enforcement officers and state personnel will be located on the shoulder of the highway and at exits from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Highway Patrol Lt. Kelley Hughes said.

The exercise will simulate reversal operations including deployment of equipment and personnel, Hughes said.

Aerial units from SLED, the Civil Air Patrol, the South Carolina National Guard, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Forestry Commission will also be flying assigned routes for aerial surveillance.

Hurricane season began on Sunday and runs through November 30.

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