Changes to Bay Street set to begin September 11

Changes to Bay Street that have been months in the making is finally set to roll out from September 11 through October 9 in a pilot program.

The changes will take place on Bay Street from East Broad to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to test certain measures in an effort to improve traffic flow and increase pedestrian safety.

According to the City of Savannah, this is what you can expect to see during the test run:

  • Street parking prohibited on Bay
  • Travel lanes widened to standard width
  • Installation of temporary bollards and chains on sidewalks
  • Installation of traffic barrels in roadways to mark proposed medians

There will be alternative parking available during the pilot period. The City has set up additional free parking at a surface lot located at Broughton Street, just east of East Broad.

The Liberty Street Parking Garage free shuttle will expand it services to include the Broughton St. lot. The hours will also be extended to run continuously between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

There will also be free parking in all City garages after 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday during the trial period.

In addition to the closing of Bay Street parking, truck traffic will be prohibited from traveling on Bay from September 25 to October 9, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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