GARDEN CITY, Ga (WSAV) – It’s been on the minds of commuters for years on when the state will improve interstate 16 as well as the interchange at I-95.
Tuesday, the public had a first hand look at the major road improvement project the Georgia DOT has in mind for that stretch of highway.
“Coming off of 95 to get on to 16 is dangerous,” says Janee Pryzbyl who lives in Southbridge.
It’s a dangerous merge that state transportation officials want to fix. GDOT unveiled it’s plan to improve the I-16 and 95 interchange as well as widen 16 to meet current traffic levels.
“There’s a lot of development in Savannah especially on the west side of Savannah or the north west side, so the need to go from two lanes to three lanes is definitely there,” says GDOT project manager Andrew Hoenig.
“We’ve had about an 8% growth from 2010 to 2015, we’re going to continue to grow,” says State Senator Ben Watson.
That population growth has prompted the move to begin conversations on the more than $150 million project. GDOT essentially plans to dismantle the I1-6 and 95 cloverleaf leaving two loops with extended merge lanes and adding two flyover lanes.
“This flyover is going to be fabulous, there’s two flyovers so i think that is a wonderful idea,” says Pryzbyl.
GDOT also plans to widen I-16 to six lanes from 95 to I-516.
“From I-16 at 95 to 516, which is basically the parameters of it, that’s the area with the highest traffic volumes per day,” says GDOT communications director Jill Goldberg.
It was a first for the public to see the plans but also for the dot to launch a new way they record public opinion using PIMA which stands for Public Information Management Application. It will come in handy as more meetings are planned for the project that won’t begin until 2019.
“It’s an automated system, recognizes people immediately and it gives us a good way to make sure that we’re responding everybody and addressing any comments and concerns that come in from citizens,” says Goldberg.