I-26 lane reversal: Here's what to expect

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While addressing the public, Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence. He called for all residents in hurricane evacuation zones to evacuate no later than noon Tuesday.

The S.C. Department of Public Safety and the S.C. Department of Transportation also announced they'll reverse the direction of traffic along certain evacuation routes to ease the flow of traffic away from the coast Tuesday at Noon. Here's what to expect.

At 5 a.m. SCDOT will set up and prepare lane reversal on I-26 eastbound from I-77 in Columbia to I-526 in Charleston.

At 8 a.m. the highway patrol will begin flushing the eastbound lanes between I-26 and I-77 in Columbia and I-526 in Charleston.

At noon all lane reversals will begin.

Please note that travelers who are already on I-26 eastbound in front of the Highway Patrol's flush vehicles will not be diverted off I-26. Drivers may continue to travel in the eastbound lane into Charleston if needed.

Once the Highway Patrol flush vehicles reach I-26 and I-526 in Charleston, the flush vehicles will turn around and escort traffic Westbound towards Columbia in the reversed Eastbound lanes of I-26 until they reach the crossover at I-77 in Columbia.

More information from the South Carolina Department of Transportation here:

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