Evacuation Routes: North (Little River - Georgetown) | Central (Edisto Island - McClellanville) | South (Bluffton - Beaufort)

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Lane Reversal

**MOTORISTS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO CROSS ANY ROADWAY MEDIAN UNLESS DIRECTED TO DO SO BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

In order to move evacuees out of coastal regions in a timely manner, lane reversals along certain interstate and primary routes may be necessary. Should it become necessary to reverse the flow of traffic on these roads, evacuees will be routed as follows:

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NORTHERN EVACUATION ROUTES

Grand Strand Area and Georgetown
  

North Myrtle Beach and northward…

  • Use SC 9 to proceed to I-95 and beyond.

Myrtle Beach…Link: [US-501 Lane Reversal Plan PDF file]
                        Link: [SC-544 Enhancement Plan PDF file]

  • 10th Avenue North and northward to Briarcliff Acres use SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501. Motorists using SC 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) or the Grissom Parkway will be directed north to SC 22.
     
  • South of 10th Avenue North southward to the Myrtle Beach Airport use US 501 toward Marion and beyond.
     
  • Myrtle Beach Airport southward through Surfside Beach use SC 544 to US 501.

Garden City south to Winyah Bay, and Georgetown Link: [US-17 Lane Reversal Plan PDF file]

  • Take US 17 south through Georgetown.
     
  • Then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.
     
  • If necessary, a third lane will be formed by reversing flow on the inside northbound lane of US 17 near DeBordieu. When this occurs, an additional alternate route from Georgetown will be Black River Rd. to US 701 to SC 51 to SC 41 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

 

CENTRAL EVACUATION ROUTES

Charleston Area
  
Link: [I-26 Lane Reversal Plan PDF file]

Awendaw and McClellanville…

  • Evacuees will take SC 45 to US 52 where they will be directed right onto US 52 to SC 375 to US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.

East Cooper…

  • Evacuees leaving Mount Pleasant will take I-526 or US 17 south to I-26.
     
  • Those leaving Sullivan's Island will use SC 703 to I-526 Business to access I-526, then I-26.
     
  • Evacuees from the Isle of Palms will use the Isle of Palms connector (SC 517) to go to US 17, where the right lane will turn north on US 17, then proceed to SC 41, to SC 402, then to US 52 to SC 375, then to US 521, to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.
     
  • Evacuees using the left lanes of the Isle of Palms connector will turn left to go to I-526 and then on to I-26.
     
  • Evacuees on I-526 approaching I-26 from East Cooper will be directed to the normal lanes of I-26 if in the right lane of I-526.
     
  • Those in the left lane of I-526 will be directed into the reversed lanes of I-26.

North Charleston…

  • Evacuees will take US 52 (Rivers Avenue) to US 78 to US 178 to Orangeburg or continue on US 52 to US 176 or continue north on US 52.
     
  • The right lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will continue on to Moncks Corner. In Moncks Corner, it will be directed onto SC 6, where SC 6 will take evacuees toward Columbia.
     
  • The left lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will go on to US 176 to Columbia.
     
  • Evacuees using SC 642 will travel west toward Summerville and take Road S-22 (Old Orangeburg Road) to US 78 west.

City of Charleston…

  • The west side of the city (West Ashley) will use SC 61 to US 78, then to Aiken and North Augusta.
     
  • Downtown will use the normal lanes of I-26.

James Island and Folly Beach…

  • Use SC 171 to US 17.
     
  • Evacuees should then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26.

Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook…

  • Evacuees will use SC 700 to Road S-20 (Bohicket Road) to US 17.
     
  • Evacuees will take US 17 south to SC 64 where they will go to Walterboro, then on to North
    Augusta.

Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood, Ravenel…

  • Use SC 165 to US 17, then US 17 south to SC 64.

Edisto Island, Adams Run…

  • Evacuees will take SC 174 to US 17.
     
  • They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. This will take them to Walterboro, and then on to North Augusta.


SOUTHERN EVACUATION ROUTES

Hilton Head Island and Beaufort Areas  

Hilton Head Island…   Link: [US-278 "Four Lane" Reversal Plan PDF file]
                                   Link: [US-278 "Three Lane" Reversal Plan PDF file]

  • Hilton Head Island evacuees will use both the William Hilton Parkway (US 278 Business) and the Cross Island Parkway toll facility (US 278).
     
  • As these two roads merge, a third lane will be formed by reversing flow on the inside eastbound lane of US 278. This lane will carry the traffic from the toll facility.
     
  • When US 278 reaches I-95, lane assignments will be as follows:
     
    1. The right lane on westbound US 278 will exit to I-95 northbound
       
    2. The left lane on US 278 westbound will continue on US 278 to Hampton and
      eventually North Augusta.
       
    3. The reversed lane will take SC 170 to SC 46, next continue on to US 321, then to SC 3 to SC 125 and on to North Augusta.
  • Should a third lane not be necessary, then both lanes on US 278 will be routed to I-95 with the right lane to I-95 north, and the left lane continues on US 278.
     
  • I-95 southbound - Access to I-95 southbound is available, but severe congestion may be encountered.

Beaufort…   Link: [US-21 "Four Lane" Reversal Plan PDF file]
                    Link: [US-21 "Three Lane" Reversal Plan PDF file]

  • Evacuees will use the two present northbound lanes on US 21. These lanes will be turned onto US 17 south to I-95 at Exit 33 (Point South) where the left lane will go to I-95 south and the right lane to I-95 north.

**MOTORISTS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO CROSS ANY ROADWAY MEDIAN UNLESS DIRECTED TO DO SO BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

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