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GA 204 widening project to help alleviate traffic

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Abercorn is more like Aber "cone", and no one hears more about it than Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas. 

His response to the new construction adventure is simple.

"There's no nice way to say that this is going to be painful," he said.

Painful is sometimes dealing with an hour long commute to work and home in this area.

"You've got Hunter Army Airfield here, with thousands of military and civilian workers coming from the outlying areas in the mornings and leaving in the afternoons," Thomas explained. "They've got to turn off to go into the Rio gate here, plus you've got the mall traffic and the residents that live behind the mall."

Part of the widening is adding increased left turn capacity for eastbound GA 204 traffic turning left onto Rio Road.

Crews are also removing the existing outside GA 204 westbound shoulder from Rio Road to Veterans Parkway and replacing it with a new full depth travel lane and asphalt shoulder.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation contract with Preferred Materials, the new travel lane will become a dedicated right turn lane off westbound GA 204 onto Veterans Parkway.

Crews are felling trees now to begin the widening part, but when it comes to the Forest River Bridge, Thomas explained it's going to be unique.

"From what I understand is the bridge is not really being improved or expanded, but they're taking what is a current two lane in the eastbound and westbound lanes and re-striping that bridge to make three lanes." Thomas said.

The project is expected to last until the end of June 2015.

"This is not an easy project especially with the current traffic on this road, we're just going to have to grit our teeth and bear with," he added.

A new traffic signal at the intersection of Rio and GA 204 is also part of the $4.1 million dollar project.

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