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Truman Parkway has long, storied history

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Fifty years ago, two college students sat at a tollbooth for six days in order to be the first to drive over the Verrazano Bridge.

The anticipation isn't quite the same inSavannah now, but the wait seems to be, and not those six days, but those 50years.

"We can't do it overnight," said District SixAlderman Tony Thomas. "We have to follow the laws and what's best for everyone."

The final phase of the Truman Parkway will opensometime, eventually, just not along with the grand opening that was scheduledfor Friday but renamed a dedication ceremony.

The delays have been as much a part of the Truman'sexistence as its asphalt continued.

"People thought it was a good idea at thetime," said Savannah attorney Brooks Stillwell. "Then the depression came."

That's right, the Depression. That's how longthis thing has been going on, a North-South parkway through Savannah firstproposed in 1925.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The stock market crash was the first thing tostand in the way of construction on a list that would come to include local bureaucracyand an eagle, in addition to the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

"Having the final phase, the fifth phase of the Truman Parkway,it's going to help people get around our community," said former Chatham CountyCommissioner Pete Liakakis.

That phase will be readysoon, and the wait will be over. Then will begin a much shorter wait to see howit all impacts traffic on the Southside.

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