Hurricane preparation - evacuation and contraflow routes
Prepare for severe weather
Preparing for a hurricane
- Keep a survival kit in your home.
- Know your evacuation route.
- Have emergency information accessible, like important phone numbers and documents.
- If elderly or disabled, call 2-1-1.
Hurricane evacuation lane reversal routes - contraflow
In the event of a hurricane evacuation from low-lying coastal areas, existing highway lanes, both freeway and non-freeway, may be converted into "contraflow lanes."
What is contraflow?
Contraflow is when vehicles travel in the opposite direction of a lane's normal traffic flow.
This occurs during an event like a hurricane evacuation, when all traffic lanes move toward inland safety and away from the Gulf Coast.
A hurricane evacuation lane is an extra wide shoulder that is converted into an active thru lane in order to increase capacity during an emergency.
- Texas.gov emergency portal
- Texas Division of Emergency Management
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Statewide highway conditions or call toll free 800-452-9292
- National Hurricane Center
- Highway cameras
- National Weather Service