The opening of the Pooler Parkway is almost two years behind schedule. Finally a small part is now open and there is more to come. There is no official date yet, but with part already open, the rest is almost done.
"Do not enter" signs still block off the parkway on one end, but on the other end it looks like there is a glimmer of hope. In the past few weeks, drivers were able to start entering the parkway from Highway 80 and end up at Godley Station. It's a small, small part of a big project, but it's the first reality of the parkway residents have seen.
One of the biggest delays for this road, as you may remember, was a problem the State of Georgia had never seen before: bad soil. In January of 2003, the bad soil was torn up after the newly laid asphalt was buckling.
After that problem, Mother Nature was not too nurturing, causing more delays.
Now, new asphalt has been laid and it looks like the parkway will be open at the beginning of April. Officials are hoping to see the parkway open by the first week of of that month. As soon as we get a date for the ribbon cutting, we'll let you know