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Phase 5 of Truman Parkway opens to traffic

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

After more than two decades the Harry S. Truman Parkway is finally complete. The final phase of the project was opened to drivers on Friday morning.

The extension allows drivers to continue south from Whitefield Avenue about 2 miles with two more stops at White Bluff Road and at Abercorn Street. For the first time, drivers can now come this way from savannah's south side and ultimately make it all the way downtown much faster than ever before. Some drivers said the extension this will cut about 20 minutes off of their daily commute.

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation removed the last barricades opening up the final phase of the Truman Parkway, the five phase project started in the 1990s. This last phase completes the Savannah parkway.

 "People are thrilled to see this road finally open. It is the final stage of the Truman Parkway that has been talked about since I was a young adult and maybe even younger than that. Not only that, but it's going to save constituents a lot of time as well as alleviate traffic on Montgomery Cross Road. I think it's a really win-win for the community," said Commissioner Helen Stone, of Chatham County's District 1.

Phase 5 cost an estimated $72 million to complete.

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