Politics & Government
6:35 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Alabama to Practice Hurricane Traffic Reversal

Motorist traveling along Interstate 65 between Baldwin County and Montgomery on Wednesday afternoon will see plenty of state troopers, National Guard personnel and state Transportation Department workers.

 Transportation officials say they will be conducting their annual exercise to simulate reversing traffic on I-65 so that all four lanes are headed north to allow evacuation from the Alabama coast. State personnel have been conducting annual practice sessions since 2000, and they've used the plan to evacuate the coast for Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Dennis in 2005.

   Officials say no traffic will be reversed or detoured during Wednesday's simulation, but workers will practice the steps they would take if a hurricane were threatening the coast. The practice session starts around 2 p.m.