Federal Order Delays Truman Parkway Completion

The Truman Parkway is expected to make driving across the City of Savannah a lot faster, but new delays have caused the completion date to be pushed back. Again. Phases one and two of the Truman Parkway are complete, so you can go from President Street to DeRenne Avenue. Phase three, which takes you from DeRenne to Montgomery Cross Road was supposed to open at the end of October, but completion is now scheduled for the end of December.

As you can imagine, the weather has been a holdup. And you may remember the group Save Our Sandfly, who tried to stop Wal-Mart from building off Montgomery Cross Roads. That fight is also delaying the Truman Parkway from being completed.

"I can't wait till it's done" is a phrase you will hear many Chatham County residents use when talking about the parkway, and the Department of Transportation knows it. "I keep hearing from people, 'When are you going to finish the Truman Parkway?'" said Tom Coleman, former commissioner of the Georgia DOT. Coleman has helped push the Truman Parkway through since the '60s. "Of course the project has had its fair share of enemies over time," he said.

Phase three is almost complete, but the group Save Our Sandfly has now turned its attention to the DOT, taking the department to court. "The federal judge there put a stay on us building the interchange at Montgomery Cross Road, but told us we could go ahead and build the rest of it," explained Coleman. "Out of desperation, I guess, the 'antis' decided the DOT is a defenseless group, we'll attack them next."

The case will be heard in federal court in Savannah at a later date, so right now everything on phase three and phase four can be worked on except the Montgomery Cross Road or Wal-Mart interchange.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com