Ga. state patrol closes I-16 in preparation for evacuations

interstate 16 sign (WMAZ)
interstate 16 sign (WMAZ)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Transportation is turning Interstate 16 into a one-way evacuation route to handle motorists fleeing the path of Hurricane Matthew.

DOT spokeswoman Jill Nagel said a 125-mile stretch of I-16 between Savannah and Dublin would be affected, with the Georgia State Patrol routing all traffic westbound across all four lanes. Nagel says the change should happen later Thursday.

Nagel says this should help alleviate traffic from thousands of motorists fleeing inland not just from the Georgia coast but also from South Carolina and Florida.

Georgia hasn’t turned I-16 into a one-way escape route since a near-miss with Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

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