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Public to learn more on proposed widening of SR 144

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RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

The Georgia Department of Transportation is looking for public input on a proposed widening of State Route 144 in Bryan County. 

The public is invited to view the plans and displays, and discuss the project with Georgia DOT staff at a public hearing open house meeting Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bryan County Administrative Complex, 66 Captain Matthew Freeman Drive in Richmond Hill. 

The plans to widen SR 144 would go into action in 2016. Under the plan, SR 144 would go from two lanes to four lanes with a grass median, beginning where the existing four-lane section ends near Timber Rrail Road, running about 5 miles to just south of Belfast River Road.

The widening would include sidewalks and access for bicycles. DOT officials say it's been in the works since 2010 and is needed as traffic flow and growth continues in the area.

"It's a prospect that really need to be does. The traffic out here especially in the morning is terrible. It's bumper to bumper backed up and something needs to be done," said Nevin Patron.

The public can come in and view the plans and discuss the project with dot staff until 7 p.m. Then the maps will be moved to the Savannah DOT office for folks to view.

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