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Price Street now one lane plus new bike lane and parking

Published: Feb. 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Changing Savannah's Price Street, by adding a bike lane and parking, has begun as six different neighborhoods are expected to see the impact.

City officials have told residents, and are hoping, the change is for the better.

Thursday, Price Street was a two lane, one- way street from Bay to Abercorn. Friday morning, some paint started to make a big difference. One lane will be for cars and trucks, the other lane will be split, part bike lane and the rest brand new parking.

Basically, city workers took trucks of paint and created new lines to separate the car lane from the bike lane and then the new parking spaces marked off. More than 60 new parking spaces in all will be created. City officials had to meet with each neighborhood affected, address any concerns and wait for a contractor. Instead of starting in December, as originally planned, the project was delayed until now.

Savannah Parking and Mobility Services director Sean Brandon thinks the wait will be worth it. He expects the change to slow traffic down, but also realizes some people who use it regularly may not catch on to the change right away.

"Well, there is always going to be a learning curve but once we have cars parking on there and bicyclists regularly using it, I think everybody will get what their place is on the roads pretty quickly," Brandon said.

The painting of the lines portion was pretty quick, starting and ending Friday afternoon. Next week, new signs go up to warn motorists of the change. This will also be Savannah's first bike lane taking bicyclists out of downtown.

The project, overall, will cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

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