MDOT will conduct a hurricane contraflow drill on I-55 Wednesday

Published 1:12 pm Tuesday, June 27, 2023

On Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation will conduct a contraflow drill on a portion of Interstate 55. The exercise will cover from Brookhaven’s south exit at mile marker 38 to the Louisiana state line.

A similar exercise will take place on I-59 from Hattiesburg mile marker 55 to the Louisiana state line.

The exercise will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., mobilizing manpower and equipment to various exits along the routes.

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Traffic should not be impacted by this drill. However, drivers are advised to be aware of MDOT personnel along the route. At no point will exits or lanes be closed for this drill.

MDOT’s current I-55 and I-59 contraflow plan turns all four lanes of interstate traffic northbound to aid in the evacuation of the lower parishes of Louisiana, as well as some parts of South Mississippi, during severe tropical events.

The drill will allow MDOT personnel an opportunity to test equipment and practice their role in contraflow prior to the peak of Hurricane Season.

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