For Immediate Release
Date: October 15, 2013
City leaders and Tatemville residents gathered today to celebrate the completion of the Tatemville Sound Wall along Interstate 516. The sound wall will reduce noise and sight pollution from the DeRenne/I-516 corridor and provide an aesthetically pleasing entrance into the Tatemville neighborhood and mid-city Savannah.
It was funded using voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars, and conceived through the citizen-driven Project DeRenne process.
“It is popular today to talk about what is wrong with government,” said City Manager Stephanie Cutter. “This project is a beautiful example of what is right, and of the great things that can happen when the community and government come together to solve a problem.”
The event was attended by dozens of Tatemville residents, some of whom have lived in their homes since before I-516 was constructed.
“Today we are righting a wrong,” District 5 Alderwoman Estella Shabazz said. “If an Interstate were built today, this neighborhood would have been protected by a sound wall. That didn’t happen 40 years ago. But it is happening today, and what a glorious day it is.”