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Hurricane Evacuation Routes

August 30, 2006

Tifton - When hurricanes bear down on Florida, thousands of evacuees flock to Georgia. From now on, they'll have help finding the quickest route.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has traffic counters located on evacuation routes throughout the state. When activated, they count the number of vehicles on the road. That information is then put on the DOT's website so you know which route is the clearest.

Craig Solomon says, "We want to be able to see where the volumes are to get the emergency people in and out. We really don't want people to get stopped on the interstate and get in a situation where they're unhappy. We want to try to get them moving."

The counters have been activated for a few days due to what was Hurricane Ernesto. The now Tropical Depression hasn't raised much concern and apparently isn't spawning evacuations. According to data collected, more people are driving South on I-75 rather than North.  

Click here to check the traffic on Georgia's main roadways.

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