Closing the Truman turning lane off eastbound President Street allows the road builder to reduce this section to just two, narrower lanes in each direction.
City leaders say this is a major public safety project with economic development overtones.
For public safety, it’s lifting the road out of the flood plan, reconfiguring a dangerous intersection with General McIntosh Boulevard, and it’ll allow for property development on the north and south sides of President.
City of Savannah Spokesman Brett Bell says, “We definitely don’t want these disruptions to occur for such a long period of time, but the payoff is going to be great once it’s finished right? It’ll be an improvement for Chatham County. It’ll be an improvement for the 25,000 motorists a day who go down President Street, and it’ll be an improvement for all residents.”
If you’re heading out of downtown on President Street — that’s eastbound — your access ramp to the Truman is being closed for the duration of the construction work.
During that time, motorists will be detoured to Wheaton street to get on the Truman Parkway.