Savannah city officials discuss Bay St. traffic calming

Published: May. 12, 2016 at 10:02 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach is bringing the issue of what to do with Bay Street parking back into the spotlight, and now the city manager is looking at possible solutions to a sometimes sticky traffic issue.

Lots of semi-truck traffic barrels down the busy thoroughfare every day, all while trying to avoid pedestrians walking across at intersections and cars trying to park along the street at a limited number of spots.

Mayor DeLoach says he wants to find some kind of traffic calming solution to make Bay Street safer for all who use it, sooner than later, and council members agree.

"The mayor made it very plain that it's time to start a conversation about this. We do have an issue on Bay Street, it does need to be addressed. It's so complicated. The traffic engineer says we have three thousand trucks on Bay Street. You close it to that traffic, where are those three thousand trucks going?" asked District 4 Alderman Julian Miller.

Re-routing truck traffic, eliminating parking spots along Bay Street and other traffic calming measures were introduced.

City Manager Stephanie Cutter is working on a report for possible solutions now.

Wednesday, we told you about a proposed pedestrian foot bridge in City Market. Thursday, it was passed.

The footbridge will be right next to the clock, and Thomas Kinkade Gallery, connecting a new business and easier access to others in City Market.

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