Community meets to discuss future of Victory Drive

Community members packed inside First Presbyterian Church in Savannah to learn and participate in the future of Victory Drive.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – After decades of use and known for its classic Southern charm, Victory Drive continues to be one of the main transportation vessels in Savannah.

Now, it seems for many it’s outgrown itself enough that change is eminent.

Thursday evening, neighbors and leaders in the community packed into the First Presbyterian Church to discuss the future of Victory Drive.

Currently the city is in the middle of Victory Drive Corridor Study, a two year long survey of the street in order to better observe and listen about the challenges and potential solutions for Victory Drive in a modern age.

Thursday’s meeting served as a kick off for the third phase of the study which focuses on Victory Drive between Bee Road and just east of Skidaway Road.

A presentation was made updating on the status of the first two phases and then introduced people to the new phase, which, according to the city, focuses on bettering traffic patterns while also recognizing the need of balance between businesses and residents.

Jane Love is a transportation planner with the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

“This was all started to restore Victory Drive as a commemorative and symbolic boulevard. That’s really the vision and overall goal of the study to come up with something that can be done without destroying what is there,” she said.

Love admitted that due to increased traffic on the Phase Three section of the study, she can understand people’s frustrations with the daily congestion.

“[You] Have to strike a balance between the land use and the transportation needs in the corridor. It’s not easy but we’re trying to hear what people have to say,” said said.

After the meeting people were allowed to separate into three break-off groups focusing on different aspects of the study in order to ask questions and write down comments and requests for any changes that might occur in the near future.

Love told WSAV Phase Three is expected to be completed by December 2016 but also stresses that there would need to be changes made to policy before action can be taken on Victory Drive.

“We’re really just wanting people to tell us what do they want Victory Drive to look and feel like 50 years from now,” she said.

Starting Friday, Love said the city would have a form on it’s website allowing people to continue to add comments and suggestions in order to stay an active part of the study and development of Victory Drive for a modern age.

 

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