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I-95 the 5th Most Dangerous Interstate in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Interstate 95 the 5th most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 95 runs 1926 miles from Miami, Florida to Houlton, Maine. The highway is the 5th most dangerous interstate in the United States with 0.89 fatalities per mile. It has been in the top 10 for fatalities each year for the past six years.


For more I-95 travel info, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

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10 Most Popular Snowbird Destinations for I-95 Travelers

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are getting colder and thoughts are turning to warmer climates. This is the time of year when millions of snowbirds start planning their annual RV pilgrimage south to winter destinations.

Now that Hurricane Irma is in the rear view mirror, many southern locations that were hard hit by the storm are coming back to life and welcoming visitors with open arms. Businesses are open and gas availability is not a problem.

For those in the northeast and eastern Canada, I-95 is the path that takes them there.  Most of them are headed for Florida, Georgia and the Gulf Coast.

Snowbirds don’t necessarily fit into a specific age group or category. They can be retirees, business owners, or others fortunate enough to take a good portion of the winter off. Many snowbirds are RVers who take their homes with them.

Here’s our list of the Top 10 Snowbird Destinations for I-95 Travelers…

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I-95 Paving Project Now Underway in Georgia, Expect Delays

An $8.7 million resurfacing project of Interstate 95 beginning south of US17/South Newport (Exit 67) interchange in Liberty County and extending south of US 17/Richmond Hill (Exit 87) interchange in Bryan County has begun, and will continue through December.

The Georgia DOT contractor began milling and resurfacing within two mile-long lane closures on the 20-mile project limits. General nighttime work hours are 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in a five to seven night workweek. All work is weather contingent.

Single and double lane closures should be expected nightly while contractors paving activities are underway. Periodic ramp closures will be utilized for the scope of work required on entrance and exit ramps, closure details will be forth coming.

Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra distance between vehicles; read signs; and expect the unexpected.


For more I-95 construction info, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Savvy I-95 Travelers Top 10 Hotels

I-95 travelers are a savvy lot. They do a fair amount of research before they hit the road and one of the most researched travel details is where to lay your head after a long day on I-95.

Obviously price can be a factor, but location, convenience, brand recognition and amenities all play a part in choosing a place to stay.

Here are the ten most popular hotels on I-95 based on booked reservations from June thru August 2017. Since these rankings are based on real customer data, these hotels attract travelers of all budgets and tastes, and are your best bets for choosing a place to stay along I-95.


10. Best Western – Battleboro, North Carolina
Best Western - Battleboro, NC | I-95 Exit Guide
Best Western – Battleboro, North Carolina

Free continental breakfast and Wi-Fi, a seasonal pool and an interstate-ready location 10 miles from town are what brings guests to Best Western I-95 Rocky Mount.

The Best Western I-95 Rocky Mount is a two-floor building with exterior corridors. Its 82 rooms offer coffeemakers, free Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs with HBO. Microwaves and mini-fridges are available. Dig into the free breakfast with a rotating menu of breads, bagels, muffins, cereal, fruit, yogurt, coffee, juice and more. Cool off in the summer with a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool. The hotel also has a lobby computer, laundry facility, free parking and a 24-hour Denny’s Restaurant next door. Pets are allowed for a fee.

The Best Western is on Highway 4 off I-95, four miles west of Battleboro. Rocky Mount is 10 miles south and features attractions like the Children’s Museum & Science Center, Douglas Block historic district and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Downtown Raleigh is 58 miles southwest and Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 73 miles southwest. more…


9. Comfort Inn – Chester, Virginia
Comfort Inn - Chester, VA | I-95 Exit Guide
Comfort Inn – Chester, Virginia

With a free, deluxe continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal, outdoor pool, the non-smoking Comfort Inn Chester offers convenient amenities near downtown Richmond.

This five-story hotel has 122 rooms, each of which includes free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, microwave, refrigerator and cable TV with premium channels. Each morning, guests can enjoy a complimentary, hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and hot waffles, then take advantage of the fitness center and the seasonal, outdoor pool. Parking is free.

The Comfort Inn is seven miles from South Park Mall, 13 miles from downtown Richmond and the Richmond Metro Convention Center. Kings Dominion is 40 miles away, and Colonial Williamsburg is 45 miles. Richmond International Airport is 19 miles from the hotel. more…


8. LaQuinta Inn & Suites – Florence, South Carolina
LaQuinta Inn and Suites - Florence, SC | I-95 Exit Guide
LaQuinta Inn & Suites – Florence, South Carolina

With free Wi-Fi, a complimentary hot breakfast and a location off I-95 and near a large farmer’s market, it’s no wonder the La Quinta Inn & Suites Florence is one of the top-rated hotels in the area.

Each of the three-floor hotel’s 84 rooms features a microwave, a refrigerator and free Wi-Fi access. Wake up on the right side of the bed with a free hot continental breakfast. Check your e-mail in the business center and then play hooky by the outdoor pool and sun deck, in the hot tub or with a sweat session in the exercise room. Valet and self-serve laundry facilities services help you look your best. Parking is free.

The hotel is off I-95, one mile from the Pee Dee State Farmer’s Market. It’s three miles from the center of town and a show at the Florence Little Theatre or a visit to the Civil War-era Florence National Cemetery. You can find two malls within a 10-minute drive, and Francis Marion University and Darlington International Raceway are both 10 miles. The closest Amtrak station is three miles away, and Florence Regional Airport is six miles southeast. more…


7. Microtel Inn & Suites – Brunswick, Georgia
Microtel Inn and Suites - Brunswick, GA | I-95 Exit Guide
Microtel Inn & Suites – Brunswick, Georgia

Amenities like quick I-95 access and comfy accommodations are included in the chopped prices for guests at the non-smoking Microtel Inn and Suites Brunswick North.

The three-story Microtel offers 62 rooms with window seats, desks, coffeemakers, free local and long-distance calls within the U.S., plus cable TV with premium channels. Select accommodations also include microwaves, mini-fridges and sofa beds. High-speed internet access is available. The business center is open 24/7. There are coin-operated laundry facilities available, and pets are welcome.

The Microtel Inn and Suites is located in the northern area of Brunswick, one minute from Highway 25 and a half-mile from I-95. Guests enjoy browsing the shops, dining out and catching a film at Glynn Place Mall, five minutes south, or they might prefer taking in a few rounds of golf at Coastal Pines Golf Club, four miles north. The College of Coastal Georgia is less than four miles south, Brunswick Golden Isles Airport is two-and-a-half miles northeast and the heart of the city known as The Wick is 15 minutes south. more…


6. Country Inn & Suites – Emporia, Virginia
Country Inn and Suites | I-95 Exit Guide
Country Inn & Suites – Emporia, Virginia

A complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub and rooms with free high-speed internet, microwaves and mini-fridges make the non-smoking Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, Emporia, VA, a comfortable place to relax and unwind near I-95.

The non-smoking, low-rise Country Inn and Suites offers 75 rooms with convenient amenities, like mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and 32-inch, flat-panel LCD TVs. Suites are available for our guests who want more space to spread out. Stay connected from the comfort of your room with free, high-speed internet access. The hotel keeps guests well fed with a complimentary breakfast, free cookies and coffee and tea available around the clock in the lobby. When it comes time to relax, enjoy a year-round dip in the indoor pool and hot tub or head to the fitness center for some exercise. Fax and copy services are available on-site. Pets are permitted, and parking is free.

The hotel is located on Highway 58, near the junction of I-95, within walking distance of several popular restaurants and Greensville Memorial Hospital. Shoppers can hunt for deals at one of the two shopping centers within a half-mile of the hotel. The hotel is 18 miles from the fast-paced action at Southampton Motor Speedway. Lake Gaston, a half-hour away, offers over 350 miles of shoreline for fishing, swimming and picnicking. Richmond International Airport is 68 miles away. more…


5. Quality Inn – Selma, North Carolina
Quality Inn - Selma, NC | I-95 Exit Guide
Quality Inn – Selma, North Carolina

Complimentary continental breakfast, a seasonal outdoor pool and rooms with free high-speed Internet access, mini-fridges and coffeemakers are highlights of Quality Inn Selma.

The 80 rooms at this two-story hotel are accessed via exterior corridors and feature free high-speed Internet access, cable TV, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Select rooms have microwaves, jetted tubs and/or balconies. Non-smoking rooms are available. Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily. There’s also a seasonal outdoor pool and access to fax and copy services. Pets are allowed and parking is available.

Quality Inn Selma is one mile from I-95 at Exit 97. Carolina Premium Outlets are within two miles of the hotel, as is the historic Rudy Theatre. Hinnant Farms Vineyard is five miles away. Southern National Speedway is 16 miles away, and Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site is within 20 miles. It’s 46 miles to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. more…


4. Courtyard by Marriott – Florence, South Carolina
Courtyard - Florence, SC | I-95 Exit Guide
Courtyard by Marriott – Florence, South Carolina

A central location near two interstates, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a high-tech lobby are welcome benefits of the Courtyard by Marriott Florence.

All 87 non-smoking rooms on three floors feature free Wi-Fi, 32-inch, flat-panel TVs, refrigerators and microwaves. Stay connected at the full-service business center with complimentary printing or in the high-tech lobby that features a touch-screen computer and media booths with charging stations and flat-panel TVs. On-site laundry facilities help you make a good first impression. A bistro serves breakfast and dinner as well as evening cocktails. You’ll feel relaxed after a workout in the fitness center or a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub.

Located at the junction of I-95 and I-20, the Courtyard by Marriott is one block from the Florence Civic Center and two blocks from the shops and restaurants at Magnolia Mall. Drive four miles to the War Between the States Museum, Florence Symphony Orchestra or the nature trails in Timrod Park. You can be at the Nascar races at Darlington Raceway in 20 minutes or check out the planetarium at Francis Marion University, 11 miles east. The Amtrak station is a five-mile drive into town and the Florence Regional Airport is eight miles away.  more…


3. Country Inn and Suites – Lumberton, North Carolina
Country Inn and Suites - Lumberton, NC | I-95 Exit Guide
Country Inn and Suites – Lumberton, North Carolina

Free breakfasts and convenient in-room microwaves and mini-fridges make the Country Inn & Suites Lumberton a favorite for I-95 travelers.

All 53 non-smoking rooms in the four-story Country Inn & Suites, accessed by interior corridors, have coffeemakers, cable TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges and free internet access. Wake up with a cup of free coffee and complimentary hot breakfast from the hotel’s buffet of waffles, pastries, yogurt, fruit, tea, juice and milk.

Stay in shape with a cardio workout at the hotel’s fitness center, then, during summer months, unwind in the outdoor pool. Stop by the on-site business center for fax and copy services. There’s a free guest laundry, and parking is free and can accommodate RVs and boats. Pets are not allowed.

Just off I-95 at Exit 20, the Country Inn & Suites is three miles from downtown Lumberton. Guests are within walking distance of a few restaurants and one mile from the Lumberton Visitors Bureau and Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Fort Bragg is nearly an hour’s drive from the hotel. Fayetteville is 30 miles away and Fayetteville Regional Airport is 28 miles from the hotel.  more…


2. Comfort Suites – Wilson, North Carolina
Comfort Suites - Wilson, North Carolina | I-95 Exit Guide
Comfort Suites – Wilson, North Carolina

Complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a seasonal outdoor pool are among the highlights at the non-smoking Comfort Suites, an all-suite hotel in Wilson, on east North Carolina’s coastal plains.

The four-story Comfort Suites features 76 non-smoking suites with sofa beds, convenient microwaves, mini-fridges and flat-panel HDTVs. Mornings begin with a free newspaper and delicious hot and cold options from the breakfast buffet. You’ll stay connected with free Wi-Fi access, voice-mail phones with free local calling and a business center with fax and copy services. Pump some iron in the fitness room or make a splash in the outdoor pool. There’s also a coin-operated guest laundry and free parking.

The Comfort Suites is off I-95 in Wilson, 50 miles east of Raleigh in east North Carolina about halfway between New York and Florida. The hotel is within a 15-minute drive from businesses including Merck & Co., Kidde Aerospace & Defense, Bridgestone-Firestone Inc. and Cott Beverages. The Wilson Medical Center is about 10 minutes away and Barton College is six miles from the hotel. Comfort Suites is 54 miles from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. more…


1. Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center – Titusville, Florida
Quality Inn - Titusville, Florida | I-95 Exit Guide
Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center – Titusville, Florida

A way cool pool, plus the flexibility of a 24-hour on-site restaurant and pet acceptance might make Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center the place to be.

This two-floor lodging offers 115 smoking and non-smoking rooms of tasteful style and neutral tones, with Wi-Fi, microwaves, mini-fridges and high-end mattresses dialing up the comfort. Guests can fuel up for the day with a continental buffet featuring biscuits and sausage gravy, yogurt, boiled eggs, pastries, fruits, cereal, breads and more. And given they’ve got a 24-hour restaurant on-site, there’s no chance you’ll go hungry here.

Those dying to cool off are in luck. The hotel’s standout feature is an outdoor heated pool with cool rock formations and tropical waterfalls. Additional perks include a business center, laundry facility, pet acceptance and ample parking to ensure all bases are covered.

A handy one block off I-95, the hotel is both fast-track accessible yet close to great escapes, including Airboat Rides at Midway, a 10-minute drive. Guests are within a 20-minute ride of the big highlights in town including the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, or they can shoot over to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in 15 minutes. Orlando International Airport is 36 miles away.  more…


For more I-95 travel information, visit www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida!

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide, I-10 Exit Guide and I-75 Exit Guide.

I-95 Construction Project Resumes Sunday Night in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that the $8.5 million resurfacing project of Interstate 95 beginning north of I-16 and extending to Savannah River Bridge at the Georgia/South Caroline State line will resume after suspension due to Hurricane Irma on Sunday night, September 17.

The contractor will continue milling and resurfacing within two mile-long lane closures on the 12-mile project limits. General nighttime work hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. All work is weather contingent.

Single and/or double lane closures should be expected nightly while contractors paving activities are underway. Periodic ramp closures will be utilized for the scope of work required on entrance and exit ramps, closure details will be forth coming.

Whenever you approach a work zone: slow down; allow extra distance between vehicles; read signs; and expect the unexpected.


For more I-95 travel info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Gas Availability for Travelers Returning to Florida Via I-95

If you are returning to Florida and points south via I-95, be aware that heavy traffic and finding gas may be an issue.

I-95 travelers in southern Georgia heading into Florida are finding heavy traffic and limited gas supplies along the way.

Our friends at GasBuddy now maintain a handy app for live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.

For more information and to download the app, click here.

For real-time traffic updates for locations along the route, click here.


For more I-95 travel info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Georgia DOT Encourages Travelers to “Shelter in Place”

As Tropical Storm Irma moves throughout the state today, Georgia DOT strongly advises residents and travelers to stay safe and shelter in place. After the storm passes and officials deem conditions safe, Georgia DOT crews will work quickly to clear as many of the interstates and major state routes as possible before nightfall and conditions become too dangerous to work. In some areas of the state, crews are already working to clear debris and ensure safe passage on interstates and state routes.

“While the heavy rainfall and high winds have moved out of the southern part of the state, middle and north Georgia are currently experiencing the brunt of the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle. “People on the roadways are putting themselves in extreme danger from wind gusts up to 65 mph in the metro area, and downed trees and power lines, so we continue to advise that people stay where they are for the time being.”

Current conditions as of 6:30 p.m. on roadways across the state:

  • South East Georgia: Crews will begin working on clearing debris from I-95 which is closed in multiple locations due to downed trees and debris.
  • South West Georgia: Multiple crews will be clearing different routes at the same time – multiple roadway incidents associated with debris. Crews will begin work on I-75, with others going to major four lane routes – US 82, US 84, US 319, US 19, US 27 and SR 300.
  • East Central Georgia: Crews are prepared and waiting for the storm to subside enough to begin work on clearing interstate and major state routes.
  • West Central Georgia: Crews have been working to clear interstates and major state routes, however there is debris on I-75 in Henry, Monroe and Butts counties.
  • Metro District: Crews have been working to clear drains and debris from all interstates.
    Current conditions include:

    • DeKalb County: Memorial Drive between Douglas and Watson
    • SR 13/ Buford Highway @ West Druid Hills Road closed due to tree down
  • North East Georgia: Crews are prepared and standing by to clear roads once the storm has passed.
  • North West Georgia: Crews are prepared and standing by to clear roads once the storm has passed.

Georgia DOT cautions, if you must travel:

  • Watch out for downed limbs, trees and power lines on the roadways.
  • Treat a non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop.
    If you must travel, wait until daylight and use extreme caution on roadways.
  • Steady rain can cause flash flooding quickly.
  • Be aware there is a difference between flash flood and storm surge.
  • Street flooding can occur quickly … do not drive onto roadways completely covered with moving water.
  • If a barricade is in place, it is there for your safety. DO NOT drive around it.Georgia DOT advises that it is not safe to be on the roadways at this time. Exercise patience and stay informed about roadway conditions.

For more I-95 travel info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Travel Discouraged as Flooding, High Winds Batter Georgia

Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration to include all 159 counties in Georgia. The Governor has also ordered state government closed on Monday and Tuesday for all employees except personnel who will be working the storm.

“With heavy rainfall, flash flooding and high winds, we expect downed trees and power lines that will directly impact travel on our roadways throughout the entire state. It is important for residents to continue to stay in a safe location and not be on the roadway during the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s State Traffic Operations Engineer Andrew Heath.

Once it is safe to re-enter areas impacted by Irma, nearly 800 Georgia DOT employees are on standby to begin clearing debris from the roadway, inspect bridges for safe reopening, restore downed or broken traffic signals and ensure the safety of the travelling public.

“The safety of all Georgia residents and Georgia DOT employees is paramount. We cannot allow our employees to enter and work in unsafe areas,” added Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “We ask for the public’s patience in allowing our crews the time to safely clear roadways and inspect bridges.”

Priority will be given to clearing the interstates and heavily traveled state routes and arterials so that emergency personnel and power crews can take care of resident’s basic needs. In addition, more than 40 bridge inspectors will be inspecting bridges once the water goes down and they are able to inspect hundreds of bridges throughout the state.


For more I-95 travel info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Hurricane Irma Update – Sunday, September 10, 2017

As of Sunday morning, September 10, 2017, a good portion of Florida now appears in the forecast cone for Hurricane Irma.

The storm is currently impacting South Florida, and is forecasted to move up the west coast of the state over the next 24 to 48 hours.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian Pass, as well as for the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton county line and from north of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet and from North Miami Beach southward around the Fliorida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River, as well as for the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay.

Travelers are encouraged to continue to monitor the storm path using the official source links below and to heed any evacuation orders or notices issued, which can be found at floridadisaster.org.


For more I-95 travel info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Georgia DOT Advises Use of All Available Routes for Irma Evacuation

As residents and guests consider leaving areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma, Georgia DOT encourages evacuees to plan their evacuation routes, and reminds citizens that there are numerous routes throughout the state that provide alternatives to the already-congested interstates. With mandatory evacuation of areas of coastal Georgia beginning today, Georgia DOT urges motorists to consider all possible evacuation routes in addition to interstate highways.

Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Map | I95 Exit Guide
Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Map – Click to Enlarge

On Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 30 counties in Georgia in anticipation of the storm. The Governor has also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma.

To facilitate travel from mandatory evacuation zones and areas of expected impact from the storm, beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Georgia DOT will work with Georgia State Patrol to contraflow a 125-mile stretch of I-16 from Savannah to US 441 in Dublin, which will double the westbound capacity on this section of interstate to better accommodate the anticipated volume of traffic.

“Designated evacuation routes and contraflow measures add capacity for moving large amounts of people to safety in a short period of time,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “This is about safety, not speed. We ask that everyone plan ahead, pre-select your evacuation route using 511, carry needed supplies and exercise patience and discretion. We’re all in this together.”

Beginning today, 15 Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenance Program (CHAMP) operators will be deployed to I-95 and I-75 between Florida and Macon to provide motorists assistance and traffic control for the increased volume of evacuation traffic from Florida and the Georgia coast. On Saturday, 20 Highway Emergency Response Operators (HEROs) will begin assisting with contraflow and traffic management on I-16.

The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are now open to northbound traffic only to provide additional lanes for evacuation, and the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) has suspended tolling on this facility until further notice. On I-75, this applies only to the South Metro Express Lanes in Henry and Clayton counties. Normally, vehicles are required to have a Georgia Peach Pass or a Florida SunPass to access the Express Lanes, but with this waiver, all vehicles, regardless of whether they have a pass, can access the lanes at no cost. Tractor-trailers are prohibited from using the lanes, which are not open to vehicles with more than two axles or six wheels.

While citizens are urged to consider all possible evacuation routes, motorists are reminded that Georgia DOT will contraflow I-16 from Savannah to Dublin beginning Saturday. A median crossover on I-16 east of I-95 will cross traffic over onto I-16 eastbound lanes to travel westbound. All eastbound access at interchanges will be blocked from Dublin to Savannah on I-16 during the contraflow process. Travelers may exit contraflow lanes at the following locations:

  • Exit 143 @ SR 30 / US 280 (Exit to Pembroke at Ellabell, Georgia)
  • Exit 116 @ SR 73 / SR 301 (Exit to Statesboro and Claxton at Metter, Georgia)
  • Exit 104 @ SR 23 / SR 121 (Exit to Metter and Reidsville at Metter, Georgia)
  • Exit 90 @ SR 4 / US 1 (Swainsboro, Georgia)
  • Exit 71 @ SR 15 / SR 78 (Exit to Soperton and Adrian at Soperton, Georgia)
  • Exit 67 @ SR 29 (Soperton, Georgia)
  • Exit 51 @ SR 31 / US 319 / US 441 (Dublin, Georgia)

A crossover on I-16 at SR 26 (MP 38) in Laurens County will direct traffic back to regular westbound lanes prior to arrival in Macon. All westbound exits will remain open after Dublin.

Motorists are also reminded that shoulders on interstates are reserved for – and are being actively used by – emergency vehicles only. They are not to be used for passenger vehicles.