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City launches new website: Savannah Under Construction

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Savannah Under Construction: that's the name of a new Savannah government website that's up and running, which showcases details on more than 300 capital improvement projects around the city. 

Anything from drainage and traffic improvements, to the new Cultural Arts Center and Arena, you can see what's going on in your neighborhood. We caught up with site developers about why they think something like this is needed for the public. 

It's all about transparency, city representatives say, and a way for Savannah taxpayers to stay informed and see how their tax dollars are being spent. 

"We need to provide this site in order to allow residents to know what's going on in their community; to know what's going on in their neighborhood," said Daphanie Williams, Project Manager, Savannah Under Construction. 

While the site won't be able to track which projects people search for the most, it will track overall clicks. Williams anticipates certain projects will get more attention than others - like the Casey South Phase Two Drainage Project - which when complete, will alleviate flooding in an area of the Fourth District. The total cost of the project will be in the neighborhood of $14 million. A completion date has yet to be set. 

East of downtown Savannah, the President Street Improvements are nearing completion and should be done by the beginning of next year. Nearly $33 million in bonds and SPLOST dollars have been set aside for this project. 

Two big capital improvement projects being closely watched right now are the Cultural Arts center, which is set to get some additional funding this year and be complete by next summer. The other is the new arena, west of Savannah. Barrett Sports Group is conducting a second study on this site and assisting the city in finding a project manager for its construction. 

Savannah Under Construction isn't only about the big projects, though. 

"Unless you're in the neighborhood that wants the water feature or park benches or the picnic shelter, that doesn't come to the forefront of everybody's eyes - but the neighborhood will be able to follow that and see where we are with moving with that kind of thing," said Marty Johnson, Assistant City Manager. 

Click here to check out the website. 

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