(AL.com) — The Alabama Department of Transportation advises drivers to expect congestion and delays as up to 500,000 vehicles pass through the state as a result of Hurricane Irma.
ALDOT says it will be the largest ever movement of evacuee traffic through the state, with drivers returning to Florida and Georgia from Alabama, from north of Alabama and from Mississippi.
ALDOT officials are stressing safety and patience during a process that will take several days. They urge travelers to use all available southbound and eastbound routes, rather than only the main ones, U.S. 231, Interstate 65 and Interstate 10.
On U.S. 231 from Troy to Dothan, ALDOT will work with local officials to adjust traffic signals to prioritize southbound vehicles and relief convoy traffic.
In Mobile, officials are preparing to divert eastbound truck traffic on Interstate 10 around the Wallace Tunnel to reduce congestion.
Crews will be working to clear debris and repair road damages.