COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and several other state and local agencies will conduct a hurricane evacuation exercise on June 5, to test lane reversal plans for the three major coastal areas of the state.
During the drill, no highway lanes will actually be reversed.
The hurricane evacuation exercise will test lane reversal plans for Interstate 26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. The exercise will last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It should not interfere with the traffic flow, according to the SCDPS.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol warns drivers traveling on these highways that law enforcement officers and state personnel will be on the shoulder of the highway and at exits. Equipment and personnel will be deployed to the roads leading out of Hilton Head and Beaufort.
The drill will simulate reversal operations on U.S. 278 and U.S. 21. SCDOT equipment will be on U.S. 278 from Almenda to Hampton in Hampton County, according to the public safety department.
Law enforcement personnel and traffic control devices will be on Interstate 26 from the intersection of I-526 and I-26 in Charleston to I-77 and I-26 in Columbia.
Traffic control equipment and personnel will be on U.S. 501 beginning at S.C. 544 and ending at U.S. 378 as well as between S.C. 22 and the Marion By-Pass, according to the public safety department.
As part of the drill, SLED, the Civil Air Patrol, South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Forestry Commission will be flying assigned routes. SCDOT will also deploy Incident Response Vehicles.