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Construction on 204 & King George BLVD already causing headaches

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The construction for the flyover project at 204 and King George Boulevard is only in its infant stages, but it is already causing some headaches.

WTOC received several calls and Facebook messages saying the smoke has been very thick for days. Several people even said it is making them sick.

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation, as well as the state contractor, say they are obeying all the ordinances and have burning permits.

"There can be a lot of growing pains when you start new construction, and this is one of them," said Jill Nagel, with GADOT.

However, businesses around the area, including Brassler USA, are dealing with the affects.

"It is almost like we are in a fog. Not only is the smoke bad, but the soot and the ash that fall on our cars is terrible. I know that smoke cannot be good to breathe in, and many of our employees have complained," said Ryan Dew, the Director of Administration for Brassler USA.

A number of employees at Brassler USA have reported becoming sick because of it.

"Anything that can be done to reduce the smoke in this area would be really appreciated," said Dew.

The Georgia Dept. of Transportation, as well as the contractor, have been made aware of the complaints. Although GADOT is not required to, they are bringing in an Air Curtain.

"An Air Curtain is about the size of a railroad boxcar and the fire is contained in there. So, when you have a fire that burns at a higher temperature, then you have a lot less smoke," said Nagel.

The burning near the area where the old Parker's used to be will wrap up Wednesday and burning near the Forest Cove community will start Thursday.

"We received no warning about burning. We are actually pretty excited about the project," said Dew.

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