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Hurricane Evacuation Drill Scheduled for Beaufort County on July 21

SCDOT, Highway Patrol and Beaufort County will practice lane reversals  on key routes

 

 

               A joint hurricane evacuation exercise will be conducted by Maintenance units from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), the SC Highway Patrol and Beaufort County officials on July 21, 2009. The exercise is designed to simulate reversal of traffic lanes on US 21 and US 278. The drill will involve the placement of cones and barricades along both roadways, but no actual lane reversals will take place.

 

               The exercise on US 21 will begin at the intersection US 21 and US 17 at Gardens Corner, and will continue up to the intersection of US 21 and SC 280 near downtown Beaufort. Cones will be placed in the paved medians and along lane lines in the eastbound direction, with one lane being closed for the entire length of this section of US 21.

 

               The drill on US 278 will extend from the I-95 interchange to the Cross Island Parkway. Cones will be placed in paved medians and along lane lines in the eastbound direction. One eastbound lane will be closed from I-95 to SC 170 by Beaufort County personnel. SCDOT crews will be staged on the shoulder of US 278 from SC 170 to the Cross Island Parkway. No cones will be placed in the road at that location.

 

               The exercise will begin at 1 p.m. on July 21, but motorists should expect to see law enforcement, SCDOT and Beaufort County forces in the area beginning at 10 a.m. The exercise is scheduled to conclude with all equipment removed from the highways by 3 p.m.

 

               Motorists are urged to be cautious while travelling on these sections of US 21 and US 278 on July 21. The goal of this exercise is to increase the readiness for reversing lanes for a more efficient evacuation in the event of an approaching hurricane.