MDOT participates in hurricane contraflow drill

MDOT participates in hurricane contraflow drill

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Dozens of employees from the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation, along with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Forrest County Emergency Management, took part in an exercise in South Mississippi Tuesday designed to test evacuation preparedness in case of a major hurricane.

MDOT's Dist. VI office hosted a contraflow drill involving about 200 employees.

Contraflow is a plan that would involve using all four lanes of either Interstate 59 or Interstate 55 to evacuate residents north out of the New Orleans area in case of a category III, IV or V hurricane.

Contraflow would be implemented when requested by the State of Louisiana and approved by the governor of Mississippi.

Tuesday's drill did not involve any lane closures or traffic reversals, but did give employees a chance to transport and set up equipment that would be used during contraflow.

The drills are held once every two years.