City officials look to SPLOST for DeRenne improvements | savannahnow.com

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City officials look to SPLOST for DeRenne improvements | savannahnow.com

The upcoming sales tax referendum on Nov. 5 could be the headache helper commuters are looking for by providing about $11.8 million for improvements to DeRenne Avenue to alleviate congestion, according to city officials.

Combined with about $13 million in previous SPLOST revenue set aside by Chatham County for the project, the funding would serve as the local match for an estimated $70 million in federal money for the DeRenne improvement project, said city spokesman Bret Bell.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, along with the state, is set to review the plan presented to residents in April after years of debate about how traffic along the corridor should be addressed.

The project includes a flyover from Interstate 516 over DeRenne onto Hampstead Avenue to reduce the congestion along the corridor.

“By creating a new boulevard, it will cut traffic by half and send it south where it wants to go,” Bell said.

A traffic circle would be built at the entrance to Hunter Army Airfield at Hampstead and Montgomery Street to keep vehicles moving. In addition, Hampstead would be increased from two lanes to four to accommodate more traffic going to and from White Bluff Road.

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