EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Within the next few years, Effingham County commuters will have another way to get to work.
Construction will soon begin on the Benton Boulevard Extension Project. It’s a multi-million-dollar project that has been on the minds of Chatham County commissioners for almost 20 years.
Right now, the intersection of Benton Boulevard and Highlands Boulevard dead ends at Benton, meaning you either have to hang a right onto Highlands Boulevard or take a left into the Highlands community. Once this project is completed, drivers on Benton Boulevard will be able to make it to Highway 30 in Port Wentworth, meaning drivers in Effingham County will be able to take Benton Boulevard and avoid Highway 21, which gets extremely busy.
Chatham County is taking the reins on this project, but the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Savannah also have some skin in the game.
Recently, county commissioners approved more than $10 million to go towards the project. This week, a pre-construction meeting is set to take place to discuss the road work, which means within the next 30 days, we could see crews start work on the extension, something the county has been working on for quite some time.
The county says this project will take a couple of years to complete. But, the good news is most of the work is off the beaten path, resulting in minimal impacts for drivers.