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GDOT chipping in for Chatham Parkway improvements

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GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) -

Cities around the Port of Savannah will continue to see more and more truck traffic, especially with the completion of the harbor expansion project.

Municipalities in Chatham County are starting to prepare by getting their roads up to par.

Garden City leaders tell WTOC the Georgia Department of Transportation is chipping in $500,000 to supplement SPLOST funds for the Chatham Parkway rehabilitation project.

City leaders say the area of the parkway between I-16 and Highway 80 is in need of repairs, as are several other connector roads off that thoroughfare.

"When it was originally put in, it was put in for more or less light commercial traffic. And since the road has been in place, there has been a lot of changes on the side of town. We have a number of container yards, a lot of port-related traffic,” said Garden City Mayor Don Bethune.

"So because of that, we felt like there was a good connection for state dollars being involved and keeping these businesses and these jobs moving forward in support of the local economy, and of course, the Port of Savannah,” said City Manager Ronald Feldner, Garden City.

The Chatham Parkway phase of the project will cost around $2.5 million to complete.

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