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SCDOT releases details on lane reversals for coastal evacuation

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Lanes are expected to be reversed on I-26 east. (Oct. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina) Lanes are expected to be reversed on I-26 east. (Oct. 4, 2016/FOX Carolina)
CHARLESTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Lane reversals are expected to be implemented at 3 p.m. on Wednesday as more than one million people are evacuated from the coast of South Carolina.

The evacuation comes as Hurricane Matthew approaches the Carolina coast. While the hurricane's path is still uncertain, it is threatening to bring strong winds and torrential rain Friday night into Saturday morning.

To expedite evacuations, SCDOT will be reversing lanes on some highways to allow more traffic to flow westward.

Below are the details on lane reversals:

  • Hilton Head – One lane is reversed to create three lanes traveling west on US 278 at the intersection of the Spanish Wells Drive and Moss Creek Village Drive. This reversal is approximately two miles in length.
  • Beaufort – US 21 is reversed to create three lanes at US 21 Business and continues until US 17.
  • Charleston to Columbia – A full, four lane reversal on I-26 in Charleston begins at the interchange of I-26 and I-526. The full reversal continues west until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County.
  • Horry County – Horry County has two, four lane reversals: 1) SC 544 to US 378 and 2) SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to SC 576 near Marion County.

Officials urged drivers traveling in reversed lanes to use extreme caution.

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