DOT Workers Hold Drill to Prepare for Hurricane Season

APRIL 21, 2006 -- Hurricane season starts in June, and statewide, DOT workers are getting ready.

The DOT held a lane reversal drill on I-40 Friday morning.

They practiced setting up barricades and message boards in the event a high-intensity hurricane hits our coast, causing mandatory evacuations.

North Carolina has never reversed a highway causing traffic to only go in direction. Local DOT engineers want to be ready in case of an emergency.

"We get together once a year, and we talk about the plan and tweak it. The plan for the I-40 reversal came after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 when we had a major backup in Wilmington," said emergency officials.

The lane reversal would last from the corner of Martin Luther King parkway and I-40 all the way to I-95 at the Benson exit.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer