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President Street Project


Jan 26

January 26, 2018 Update

Posted on January 26, 2018 at 5:07 PM by CParrish CParrish

General McIntosh Blvd

All four lanes on General McIntosh Boulevard are now open to traffic.  New traffic signals are currently in operation at the intersection of President Street and General McIntosh Blvd as well as General McIntosh and Randolph Street.   


President Street

Progress on the new bridge (near the railroad crossing along President Street) was temporarily on hold based on evaluation of the currently installed concrete wearing surface and inability to pave asphalt due to cold temperatures.  The new bridge deck “wearing surface” is a non-structural 4” layer of concrete that sits atop of the bridge beams.  The purpose of this wearing surface is to provide a riding surface for traffic while protecting the bridge beams.  The bridge deck has a typical design life, and can be replaced without replacing the entire bridge.  In this case, cracks were observed in the concrete wearing surface following installation.  Upon further evaluation, it was determined the cracks could lead to long-term maintenance issues for the City.  It was further determined that the replacement could be performed now, while a future traffic shift is possible.  Deck repairs are now planned to be made at no cost to the City of Savannah.  


Crews should begin removing the current bridge deck wearing surface next week.   Additional final improvements will be seen along President Street to complete median work, curb and gutter, sidewalk, final asphalt surfacing, striping, signage, etc. during the next couple weeks.  Completion of work and all lanes of traffic on President Street will be in their final designed configuration in April of this year.  At that time the left turn onto Truman Parkway, southbound, will also be reopened.


Although some additional time has been awarded to the contractor to complete additional tasks along the project, the project remains and plans to be completed under budget.

Jan 08

January 5, 2018 Update

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 9:18 AM by saures saures

General McIntosh Boulevard west bound traffic is now open.   New traffic signals poles are currently being assembled, wired, and timed.   Be on the lookout for flashing signals at the intersection of President Street and General McIntosh Blvd.  The signals will flash for a day or two in an effort to alert drivers of a new signalized intersection before both directions of General McIntosh Blvd are opened.

Next big milestone will be to open both sides of the new bridge near the Rail Road tracks and finally opening the left turn lane onto Truman Parkway at the Rail Road tracks.  Work has slowed recently due to the holiday season and inclement weather.  Construction work to finish the bridge and remaining asphalt in preparation for the next, and final, traffic shift should begin mid to late January.  Local asphalt plants shut down in cold weather and common practice is to lay asphalt at a minimum of 40-45 degree temperature.  That means only days that the low temperature is above 40-45 degrees is a good day to lay asphalt.


Dec 06

December 6, 2017 Update

Posted on December 6, 2017 at 8:20 AM by saures saures

Paving crews have completed the final paving layer for the west end of the project.  Lane striping should be completed next week, weather depending.

General McIntosh Boulevard west bound traffic is set to be opened as soon as the end of next week.  This should help the westbound morning commute into town.  New traffic signals poles and arms are currently being assembled.   Landscaping is now installed and ready to take root over the cooler season. 

Next big milestone will be to open both sides of the new bridge near the Rail Road tracks, opening up General McIntosh for both directions of traffic, getting traffic signals installed and tested and finally opening the left turn lane onto Truman Parkway at the Rail Road tracks.  These goals will be reached in stages and hopefully be substantially completed by early 2018.

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