Hurricane drill set for Wednesday

S.C. Highway Patrol officers take part in a hurricane evacuation lane reversal drill in 2011.

Officers from more than a dozen law enforcement agencies and other emergency personnel will conduct an annual hurricane lane reversal drill on Wednesday.

Lanes will not actually be reversed and traffic flow should not be impeded, according to a S.C. Highway Patrol news release.

Agency personnel will be out at intersections and pivotal merge points along Interstate 26 and U.S. Routes 21, 278, 501 and 544. Air support will be provided by four state agencies and the Civil Air Patrol.

The idea is to put everybody and everything in place across the state for an actual hurricane evacuation involving a lane reversal, right down to the 1,500 traffic cones that would block and direct traffic in the event of an I-26 lane reversal.

In past years, the drill has involved more than 300 law enforcement officers.

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