Tybee Island City Council approves funding for Highway 80

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - The Tybee Island City Council has approved funding for Highway 80 improvements.

The city plans to spend $275,000 of their own money. This funds a portion of a federal project to widen U.S. Highway 80 and replace the very narrow Bull River and Lazaretto Creek bridges.

Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman says the money will not be spent for at least another year. It needed to be voted on Thursday night in order to set the millage rate. The hope is to eventually have the federal government provide fundin for a four-lane highway. However, that is projected to cost over $100 million and could take decades.

"When my kids are collecting social security, they might have a four-lane on there if they went for a four-lane now because of the permitting requirements put in place by the federal government," Mayor Buelterman said.

Thursday night's vote was an informal one. Tweaks and suggestions will be made before the next reading of the budget on June 27.

Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.