CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Diverging Diamond has helped to ease traffic on Highway 21, but the ever-increasing population in Effingham County and truck traffic to and from the Port of Savannah makes it only a matter of time before more needs to be done.
But the next step is already in place.
It's taken more than a decade of studies, then plans, and revised plans, but we are seeing the Effingham Parkway moving forward.
Chatham County Commission approved the acquisition of right-of-way for the Effingham Parkway Project on Friday. Basically, allowing Chatham County to start buying the land or through eminent domain.
The two-lane Effingham Parkway would start in Chatham County at State Route 30 to the county line. Effingham County will then pick up the parkway project and take it to Blue Jay Road.
The new road is expected to relieve some of the congestion on Hwy 21 and give another route for truck traffic.
"Start acquiring the property immediately, and have it done in the next 90 days," said Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott.
Effingham County is in the process of acquiring land. The firm they have hired will be sending out letters this month to land owners affected by the easements.
This is a Georgia Department of Transportation project but the local governments are the ones who are entrusted to obtaining the land. The counties will be reimbursed by the state.