State lawmakers, members of the Georgia DOT Commission and local tourism leaders are gathered on Interstate 95 to mark the beginning of a new era in tourism. A brand new welcome center at I-95 Southbound is getting underway.
Area DOT Commissioner Ann Purcell says it’s a great day, that planning the project has been a 15 year process. She says it’s a much needed upgrade to help greet the area’s 2.2 million annual visitors
For some there is nostalgia however as the project can only be accomplished by demolishing the existing center which was one if the first built along 95 back in the 70’s.
Joe Marinelli from Visit Savannah says the existing center just was not serving the needs of visitors, including in the number of restrooms. He says the new center, set to be complete in about a year, will present a much improved image of the entire area.