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Phase 5 of Truman Parkway set to open Friday

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

The Truman Parkway Phase 5 is scheduled to open to traffic at 10 a.m. Friday.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Traffic Unit officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers will be working Friday morning to usher traffic onto the final phase of the Truman Parkway on Friday morning.

Patrol cars will pilot the first vehicles from Whitfield Avenue west to Abercorn Street and from Abercorn east to Whitfield, according to an SCMPD news release. When those first vehicles complete the trek, the officers will disband.

The $67.5 million project is the long awaited fifth and final phase of the Truman Parkway extension plan. It connects Whitfield Avenue to the Abercorn Street extension on Savannah's south side. Community leaders broke ground on Phase 5 in 2010. 

People have been talking about connecting downtown Savannah to south side since the 1920s. By the 1960s development was reconsidered. In the 1980s, it started to become reality.

In 1990, ground was broken on the Truman parkway and by 2005, President Street was connected all the way to Whitfield Avenue. After more than 80 years, the final step of the project was taken in 2010.

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