SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - One of the great allures of Savannah for residents and tourists alike is the proximity of our historic beauty to the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.
On any given week, you can see tens of thousands of people roaming the streets of downtown and just as many flocking to Tybee for just a taste of ocean paradise.
Unfortunately, as we're finding out far too often now, those tickets to paradise only come after a journey down the highway to hell, otherwise known as Highway 80.
The dangerously undersized and low-lying lifeline to Tybee is a vulnerable stretch of coastal roadway that far too often is being shut down by both accidents and flooding.
In just the past two weeks, there have been four accidents near the Bull River Bridge that have either completely shut down the highway or significantly slowed down traffic making getting either on or off the island an impossibility.
This is more than just an inconvenience, this is a health threat to all who live on or visit Tybee. During one of the closures, a LifeStar helicopter had to be flown in to evacuate a woman on the beach who was suffering from seizures.
Last week, Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman wrote a letter to the governor urging him to fast track a solution to this problem.
Consider this: We know the Georgia Department of Transportation can fix problems in a hurry when they need to. Earlier this summer, the Interstate 85 collapse was fixed in record time and under budget.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal needs to recognize that our issues here are just as pressing, and as important as those in Atlanta, but it's going to take more than just a letter from the mayor of Tybee. We must all voice our opinion and contact the Governor's office and let him know it's time to repave our path to paradise.