Hurricane evacuation exercise planned along major highways today

troot@thesunnews.comJune 3, 2014 

06-14-10/Monday---Staff with the South Carolina Department of Transportation remove traffic cones after a lane reversal exercise Monday morning along Highway 501 just outside of Conway. The lane reversal exercise was just one of several state and county exercises this week preparing officials for the upcoming hurricane season. Photo By Randall

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Motorists traveling along major coastal highways today will notice an increased number of state and local officials in the medians and on the shoulders as they participate in a statewide hurricane evacuation exercise to test their lane reversal plans.

No lanes will be reversed during the exercise and it should not interfere with normal travel, but motorists should use caution if they see officials along the roadways. Hurricane season goes until Nov. 30.

This hurricane evacuation exercise is designed to test lane reversal plans for Interstate 26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in the event of a coastal evacuation order, according to authorities. The exercise is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

In Horry County, traffic control equipment and personnel will be stationed 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 bypass. 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 be flying assigned aerial surveillance routes.

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