Travel Information (TIMS)
I-40 Reversal Information
Who: This plan would affect those motorists
evacuating from the southeastern coastal area of North Carolina.
Why: To help move citizens safely and
efficiently out of harm's way during large-scale evacuations.
What: If this plan is activated, I-40 east will
carry 2 lanes of westbound traffic. Most entrances and exits to the regular
eastbound and reversal lanes will be open.
When: The reversal will be considered only when
the southeastern coast of North Carolina is threatened by a major hurricane and
mandatory evacuations are issued. A decision to reverse I-40 would be made
jointly by the secretaries of Transportation and Crime Control & Public
Safety, in consultation with the Governor of North Carolina. In addition to the
strength of the storm, other factors to be considered in the decision include
projected land fall and the population remaining at the time the mandatory
evacuation is ordered.
Where: The reversal would begin in Wilmington,
just before the Gordon Road exit (Exit 420). The left lane of traffic on N.C.
132 west will be directed onto the reversal lanes and traffic in the right lane
will continue on I-40 west. Commercial vehicles will be restricted to the
regular westbound lanes of I-40. The reversal would end at the N.C. 96 (Exit
334) interchange east of Benson. No traffic will be permitted on the eastbound
lanes of I-40 between I-95 and N.C. 96.
Please Note: All eastbound traffic on I-40 must
exit at 1-95 (Exit 328). Motorists can still reach the Wilmington area via
alternate routes such as U.S. 421 and U.S. 117.
Should the reversal be activated, citizens will be advised
through local radio and television stations. For more information on this plan
and real-time travel information, visit www.dot.state.nc.us and click on
Real-Time Travel Information. For general transportation questions, call toll
free I-877-DOT4YOU (368-4968).
For more information on hurricane preparedness and evacuation
safety, visit the N.C. Emergency Management Division at www.ncem.org or call
your county's Emergency Management Office.