Evacuation Routes For Spanish Fort
Primary Evacuation Routes For Baldwin County
- State Highway 181/Jimmy Faulkner Drive to Bromley Road; then, Bromley Road West to State Highway 225 North, or Bromley Road East to U.S. Highway 31 North
- State Highway 225 North
- U.S. Highway 31 North
- Interstate 10
- Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Highway 59 and Foley Beach Express
- Central and South Baldwin: Highway 59 North
- Eastern Shore: State Highway 181 and U.S. Highway 98 North
- Lillian Area: County Road 87
- Guests and residents staying or living on the East side of Pleasure Island (Orange Beach and Ono Island) please use the Foley Beach Express and Toll Bridge. Toll will be lifted for northbound traffic during evacuation.
Reverse-Laning For Hurricane Evacuation
Certain strategic routes have been historically identified as hurricane evacuation routes. These hurricane routes are “signed on the ground” as such and have been presented to the public in various manners for their knowledge and use. This hurricane evacuation route network begins with county and state routes in coastal areas that then feed into U.S. and Interstate routes. These existing hurricane evacuation routes serve as the base for the “Reverse-Laning” plan.
During Hurricane evacuation, the Alabama Department of Transportation is committed to ensuring traffic moves safely away from the approaching storm. ALDOT designates various state, U.S. and interstate highways in Alabama as evacuation routes.
If necessary, ALDOT has a plan in place to reverse lanes on Interstate 65, which means that, when ordered, all lanes of I-65 will flow north between Mobile and Montgomery.
I-65 Reverse Lane Facts
Planning for Evacuation
- An I-65 lane reversal is not automatic in every hurricane.
- If ordered, ALDOT sends traffic northbound on all lanes of I-65, between Mobile and Montgomery.
- This reverse laning, or contraflow, means traffic travels northward in the southbound lanes of I-65.
- Contraflow begins in Baldwin County just south of Exit 31 (State Road 225).
- Contraflow ends in Montgomery just north of Exit 167 (U.S. 80).
- ALDOT and law enforcement personnel are posted along each exit of the contraflow portions of I-65.
- From Montgomery southward, all southbound I-65 traffic is detoured to U.S. 31.
- Electronic message signs display travel information along I-65 and the northern portions of U.S. 31.
- The Highway Advisory Radio System (HARS) broadcasts information on AM radio frequencies to travelers in south Alabama (1630 AM) and near Montgomery (1690 AM). Look for advisory signs in the vicinity of HARS broadcast areas.
- Evacuations may result in heavier traffic and longer driving times. Slow down and drive with extreme caution.
- When evacuating, leave 24-to-36 hours before gale force winds are expected to hit.
- Study the map and the evacuation routes. Plan out which roads you are going to take before the hurricane season. Make reservations for motels early or have other plans for lodging. Plan on leaving early, so as not to be detained by congested traffic on roads.
- Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.
- Unplug appliances in your home and turn off water at the main water valve. If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power surge when the electricity is restored.
- Make sure that automobiles are fueled.
- Be prepared to drive 20 to 50-miles inland to locate a safe place to stay.
- Fully charge cell phones.
- Have cash and credit cards available.
- Wear sturdy shoes.
- Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are planning to go. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the “family contact”. After a disaster, it is often easier to call long distance. Make sure that everyone in the family knows the name, address and telephone number of the contact person.
- Have an emergency communication plan, in case family members are separated from one another during a disaster and have a plan for getting back together.
Areas To Be Evacuated
Category 1 or 2 Storm
1. All residents living in mobile homes.
2. All low-lying areas: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Mobile Bay
Categories 3, 4 or 5 Storm
1. All areas listed in Categories 1 and 2 Storms.
2. All areas south of U.S. Highway 98.
3. All residents wishing to seek shelter should relocate to a county outside the hazard area.
For additional information see the links to the right.