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Officials to discuss plans for new Tybee bridges

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) -

Changes could be coming to the Bull River and Lazaretto Creek bridges on U.S. Hwy 80. The bridges are the only way on and off Tybee Island. On Monday night, the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization will present plans to build new bridges with 10 foot shoulders, a barrier for a bike path and turn lanes. The project is expected to cost $62 million. Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman says the changes will be a big help.

"On those bridges, there are no turn lanes so if there is an emergency, a wreck on the bridge, and we have a need to get an ambulance to or from Tybee, that can create a real problem," said Buelterman.

Right now, $5 million is available for preliminary engineering and design work. Once the project is approved and started, it could take up to two years to complete.

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