South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has been monitoring Hurricane
Irma since the Labor Day weekend. As the storm moves closer to the United
States, SCDOT Maintenance forces began the first steps in making storm
preparations on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
SCDOT crews in all 46 counties
are inspecting equipment, checking the inventory of supplies such barricades,
cones and replacement traffic signals. Coastal counties use these items to set
up lane reversals and evacuation routes. All counties have a 10-day fuel supply
for equipment and vehicles.
Crews are inspecting low-lying
areas that are prone to flooding. Drainage systems are being checked to make
sure they are clear. Generators are in place to provide emergency power to
critical facilities such as traffic management centers that monitor traffic
through traffic cameras and other systems.
SCDOT traffic engineers are
monitoring interstate traffic as Florida and Georgia residents may travel north
to avoid the path of the hurricane should it take that route. The staff at
SCDOT Headquarters offices are taking steps in anticipation of supporting the field
crews with supplies and whatever is needed. Preparations are being made to
inform the public of road conditions through the web and SCDOT’s Customer
Service Call Center in the event this information is needed.
SCDOT Deputy Secretary for
Engineering Leland Colvin said all actions are preliminary. “These are the
normal processes we would begin should any emergency arise. SCDOT wants to be
prepared as much as possible, particularly when conditions could change
rapidly. We have to expect the unexpected,” said Colvin.
SCDOT encourages the public to
monitor the situation on the 511 Traveler Service: www.511sc.org.