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Savannah City Council discusses beginning stages of Bay St. pilot program

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Now into the fifth day of a parking and traffic pilot program on Bay Street in downtown Savannah, city council members are talking about their impression of the programs overall effect so far.

Savannah's City Council discussed not only their perception, but also what they been hearing from constituents.

Most we've talked to don't seem to mind the aesthetics of the pilot program, understanding that the orange traffic barrels are just temporary. But we have heard from some Bay Street business owners that they believe the speeds have increased since the pilot program started, especially in the early morning hours.

Alderman John Hall says he hasn't heard any complaints, and Alderman Julian Miller added the extra driving room feels more comfortable.

Alderman Tony Thomas did say he's heard about the speeding concerns, also how closely traffic passes by the sidewalk.

With regard to truck traffic, council passed a temporary ordinance that will allow the police department to enforce the ban on large commercial vehicles between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., starting Sept. 5 and ending Oct. 9.

"We are going to have covert, as well as actual measurement of speeds. The speed limit is 30 mph, and we want to ask all of the citizens to obey the speed limit. We don't want them speeding up because maybe the lane is a little bit wider. And, we are going to be enforcing tickets, not only on residents and visitors, but on the trucks as well,” said Alderman Brian Foster.

The discussion of speeding on Bay Street broadened to talking about how it's an issue all over town. Foster says once new officers in training are out on the streets patrolling, that efforts to slow people down can intensify even more.

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