An emergency hurricane management exercise takes place in south Jersey on Thursday.

Sign announcing Thursday's evacuation drill (NJ DOT)

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT), in partnership with the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), and the South Jersey Turnpike Authority (SJTA) will increase its presence on key shore routes as part of an emergency management exercise.

According to an emailed press release, the issued drill is a precautionary test so residents know how to evacuate in the event NJ experiences another major hurricane.

NJDOT maintenance crews load pallets of cones and drums onto a truck to deploy on Route 55 in Cumberland County (NJ DOT)

No roads will be closed during the drill, however there will be heightened state police and work crew activity along certain highways including:

  • Atlantic City Expressway (entire length from Atlantic City to Washington Township)
  • Garden State Parkway (mile marker 0 in Lower Township to mile marker 37.5 in Egg Harbor)
  • I-195 (mile marker 6 in Robbinsville to mile marker 34.2 in Wall)
  • Route 72 (mile marker 0 in Woodland to mile marker 28.7 in Ship Bottom)
  • Route 55 (mile marker 20 in Maurice Rove to 24.6 in Millville)
  • Route 47 (mile marker 16 to 21 in Dennis, and mile marker 31.8 to 35.1 in Maurice River)
  • Route 347 (mile marker 0 in Dennis to mile marker 8.5 in Maurice River)

Message signs will notify drivers of the drill while it is underway, and motorists can expect to see crews staging cones and barrels. The main element of the drill is to set up a contra flow, which - according to an emailed press release - is reversing traffic on a section of roadway to travel in the opposite direction.

Traffic flow will return to its normal patterns on Friday.