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GDOT looking into wrecks on I-516

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The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking a look at what is becoming one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Savannah.

Interstate 516 between Veterans Parkway and Montgomery Street has been the scene of 129 crashes and five fatalities in just the last 14 months and now the interest of state and local officials has been drawn to the deadly developments on the road known to many as Lynes Parkway.

Captain Phillip Reilley, of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department's West Chatham Precinct, reached out to GDOT after researching accident reports for the area and he was informed a safety audit was already underway.

It will be a while before any results of the study are released, but some factors in the high number of accidents could be found to be the bend in the road just before Montgomery Street, which restricts driver visibility, and the lack of a shoulder on the side of the road, which makes it difficult for police to enforce the speed limit there.

According to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the distance between where Veterans Parkway joins I-516 and the Liberty Parkway overpass is approximately 900 feet. A car traveling at 65 miles per hour would cover that distance in 10 seconds.

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