Fort Stewart partnering with area agencies for highway patrol

FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - Starting on Jan. 26, local authorities will begin patrolling areas along Highway 144 and Highway 119. Fort Stewart, the Georgia State Patrol and the sheriff's offices of Bryan, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Long and Tattnall counties will sign agreement allowing those departments the authority to conduct traffic stops and issue tickets on the Fort Stewart portions of the highways.

"Drivers on Highways 144 and 119 need to know that the Georgia State Patrol and the county sheriff departments can now pull over and ticket drivers for violations starting Jan. 26," said Fort Stewart garrison commander Col. Kevin Milton in news release.

Col. Milton stated that having the addtional law enforcement benefits Fort Stewart because now the Fort Stewart military Police will be able to fully focus on protecting the installation itself.

"We are pleased to enter in this partnership; it is further proof that the Army Community Covenant is alive and well here at Fort Stewart and coastal Georgia," he added.

According to a news release, drivers have expressed concerns over the speed limit changes on the highway. Col. Milton ensures that the only stretch of highway that will see a reduction is the portion of Highway 144 that runs past the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team complex. In that area, the speed limit changes from 45 to 35, then goes back to 45 at the Pass and Permit office and increases again to 55 just past Holbrook Pond.

Other speed limit changes include:

  • From the Glennville-side (west) of Fort Stewart to just before Highway 144 intersects Highway 119, the speed limit will be 55.
  • From the Pembroke side of Fort Stewart (north) to just before Highway 119 intersects Highway 144, the speed limit will be 55.
  • The speed limit in the area where the two highways intersect to the traffic light near Gate 5 will be 45 mph.

The signing ceremony for the retrocession of jurisdiction memorandum will be at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Club Stewart.