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Project DeRenne Aims To Relieve Traffic Congestion

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SAVANNAH, GA -

Project DeRenne public meeting.  Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Savannah Tech in Goodman Hall. 

If you're one of the thousands of people who drive on DeRenne Avenue every day, then you know that it suffers from massive traffic congestion.  Now Savannah city leaders have a $70 million plan to fix it and they held a public meeting Tuesday night to share it with the community.  It's fittingly called "Project DeRenne".

More than 50,000 cars drive on DeRenne Avenue every day, half of which are trying to head to the South Side.  The problem is the road is only designed to handle half of that. 

Project DeRenne would create a new roadway to peel off those extra 25,000 cars and re-direct them straight onto White Bluff Rd. 

"We're going to build a new interchange and an exit just west of Mildred Street on Highway 516 and it's going to take those folks who want to go south onto Hampstead Avenue," said Susan Broker with the City of Savannah.   

To handle all of that extra traffic, city leaders want to repave Hampstead Avenue, widen it, and put in sidewalks.  And they want to do that while affecting the residents already living along the roadside as little as possible. 

"Our goal is to not just keep those neighborhoods in-tact, but to make them more robust, in the sense that their streets are more connected and they're more connected to the businesses on the exterior of the neighborhoods," she said.    

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