MACON, Georgia. (41NBC/WMGT) – As of 10 a.m. this morning, the Georgia Department of Transportation has closed eastbound travel on I-16 between Dublin and Savannah. Eastbound lanes will be converted to westbound lanes (contra-flow lanes) in order to allow quick evacuation of the Georgia coastline ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
To increase the flow and safety of travel on I-16, two crossover lanes have been constructed. These lanes should be used to allow motorists to access the contra-flow lanes from the original westbound lanes. According to Georgia 511, one crossover lane is located east of Chatham Parkway (mile post 162) and the other is just west of SR 307/Dean Forest Road (mile post 158).
The contra-flow lanes will end west of Dublin, GA. A crossover lane will be available to allow motorists to transfer from the contra-flow lanes to the regular westbound travel lanes. Traffic will travel normally west of Dublin.
Here’s what you can expect if travelling on I-16 today:
-Heavy evacuation congestion
-Evacuation speeds will be slow
-Numerous exits will be open on the westbound lanes and in the contra-flow lanes
-Fill up gas for extended travel
-Have safety kit prepared and packed, including: water, snacks, medications, etc.
Law enforcement personnel will be directing contra-flow traffic on I-16. Drive cautiously and carefully.