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"Driving" on I-59

Passing through Picayune. I-59 is seriously phucked. We're at a sickening crawl, major stop-and-go.

Now passing through Carriere, MS. Had to tend to my cat. She was overheating, since we had to turn off the a/c. We were at a complete stop for 20 minutes. My partner got out to talk to some people and it seems that contraflow had not officially started yet. We're in the South-bound lane, now going faster than the "correct" side of I-59. Five minutes later and we're traveling at about the same speed, 10-15 MPH, with plenty of stopping.

If you are leaving and know of backroads that are not closed, take them. We've been driving for 3.5 hours.

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dabroots
Aug. 31st, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
If you have a bag of ice or something else very cold, and if you have your cat in a carrier, you might want to put that cold object in the carrier with her. It's not much, but it might help. My best to you!
vortexshedding
Aug. 31st, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
It took us 6 hours to get to Jackson via I-10 and I-55 yesterday (normally a 3 hr drive). Sooo many broken down vehicles blocking traffic.

I'm not looking forward to the drive back.
the_automatik
Aug. 31st, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I feel ya. My family went to Ft. Walton Beach from Covington via Hattiesburg and Alabama and it took them 9 hours.
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mshollie
Sep. 1st, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
I have a friend who evacuated with his cat. Kitty survived the trip, but she definitely doesn't like where she is.

We'll remember the ice packs next time.

Edited at 2008-09-01 01:00 am (UTC)
daybreaker
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
You actually got lucky.

We left at 4am from Kenner, by 7am we were just getting off of I-610. By 9am we were in Slidell. At 10am we finally got on I-59. At 1pm we hit Picayune, at 5pm - we hit Poplarville (15 miles north of Picayune).

THIRTEEN hours to go 90 miles. Luckily, traffic magically disappeared in Poplarville, and it only took 7 more hours to get to Tuscaloosa.

oh_really_now
Sep. 1st, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
It took us 14 hours (with a 1 hour nap) to get to Birmingham, AL and another 45 minutes to find our hotel (our fault). Unfortunately, I cannot drive at night, so my partner had to do all the driving himself.

What happened at Poplarville? It seemed that most of the traffic exited there, so then we had an hour of clear roads. Right before Meridian, we started seeing the same cars from before and were in stop-and-go (mostly stop) again. My partner got out to stretch and a Trooper pulled up behind him on the shoulder. He gave us a wonderfully secret tip and we were able to take the next exit and bypass all of that mess. I must admit, I have watched way to many horror movies to know what goes on in those back woods roads. I was scared. Could have sworn I heard banjos.
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