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GDOT warns drivers to be cautious as West Bay Street widening project begins

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A road project more than a decade in the works is finally getting off the ground this week, along West Bay Street in Savannah.

To get started on the $15 million dollar endeavor, the Georgia Department of Transportation will be doing some overhead utility work, and they want you to be careful if you’re in the area.

From the intersection of Bay Street and East Lathrop Avenue, to about a block down on Lehwald Street, workers will be getting overhead utilities ready for the big project.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials want to make sure that drivers understand this is a work zone, and they recommend that drivers slow down as they're traveling by the area.

"It's widening and reconstructing. You are going to have a wider medians instead of a center turn lane. You're going to have wider shoulders...its enhancing safety. So everyone that goes on West Bay Street, it's going to improve safety for motorists,” said GDOT Dist. Communications Officer Jill Nagel.

Work will begin Thursday around 9 a.m., and last into the afternoon, weather permitting. GDOT representatives say part of the reason this project took so long to begin was all of the detail that needed to be worked out, including acquiring right-aways along the stretch and relocating major infrastructure items, like water mains.

According to the project manager, the timeline we're looking at for completion is estimated to be sometime toward the end of 2018. 

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