HARDEEVILLE, SC (WTOC) - It’s been a decade in the making, but now Exit 3 on Interstate 95 in Hardeeville may actually be getting through some funding roadblocks.
Hardeeville City Council met to discuss a resolution involving the new exit. The resolution specifically calls for a study and report to be done on why the new exit is necessary. Hardeeville’s mayor says adding that exit to the area could crop up about a billion dollars of commerce in Jasper County.
“The new Exit 3, when it is built, will be a road going from that exit and it will come through that industrial park and come out at Highway 17 right at the marquee that says Riverport,” said Mayor, Harry Williams.
Williams says they have been working for years to get an Exit 3 added to I-95 for years. He also says that means more growth for the city.
"We project that that will have of almost a billion dollars of commerce that will crop up around that exit."
He says they hope to see things like gas stations, restaurants, and things like hotels popping up around that area, which will contribute to the commerce in and around Jasper County.
Hardeeville is the closest city to the port of Savannah and South Carolina. It is also the closest to the projected new Jasper Ocean Terminal.
Williams says he thinks Hardeeville is the ideal location for companies to come to the area and have access from Exit 3 to supply chains like Georgia Ports and the projected Jasper Ocean Terminal.