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Crews stripe US 80 near Tybee Island

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The road to Tybee Island has long been a headache for a lot of people, and if there's an accident, you can be trapped in traffic for hours.

Now the state is taking steps to alleviate some of those problems.

Specifically, they added a gore area - those are striped lines you see on a roadway - about 2,000 feet before Lazaretto Creek Bridge. Forcing drivers to merge into one lane sooner than they are right now.

If you drove on Hwy 80 Tuesday, there were many traffic cones, already directing westbound traffic into one lane before heading over the lazaretto creek bridge as crews worked to restripe the area.

The goal for the project is to enhance safety and stop traffic from bottlenecking at the bridge. Before the re-striping, vehicles only had a few hundred feet to merge into one lane before being on the bridge.

"There are a lot of people that go to Tybee in the summer so we wanted to get this in place before that fluctuation of summer traffic started. I think the City of Tybee Island is very excited it’s in place now,” said Georgia Department of Transportation Communications Officer Jill Nagel.

The City of Tybee Island requested the re-striping project, and it was paid for by state funds.

This is the first step of a much larger project, which will widen the Lazaretto Creek Bridge and the Bull River Bridge, sometime in 2018 or 2019.

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