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Final Phase of Chatham County's Truman Parkway Approved

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By Chatham County Commissioners Court

(SAVANNAH, GA.) – The Georgia Department of Transportation today awarded a $67.5 million contract for construction of the fifth and final phase of the Harry S. Truman Parkway. Work should begin this spring or summer on the extension from Whitefield Avenue to Abercorn Street with completion anticipated by 2014.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc., of Wilmington, NC, was awarded the contract, valued at $67,494,183, to extend the four-lane divided highway the final two miles, which will include building bridges across the Wilshire Canal and Vernon River.

“The Department is delighted that we finally can finish this important project,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith. Jr., said. “The Truman Parkway has become a vital component of providing both better mobility and economic development for Savannah and Chatham County. Obviously, it’s taken us awhile to get to this point. Local officials and legislators have been steadfast in their support and that helped enormously in keeping the parkway at the forefront of our priorities.”

“We would like to thank the members of our legislative delegation, Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith and the members of the State Transportation Board for providing the funds to finally complete the fifth phase of the Truman Parkway,” Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis said. “This project will be both a terrific boost to our infrastructure and to our local economy.”

The concept of the Truman Parkway has been discussed and under consideration since the mid-1960s. Construction began in 1990 and that first phase, from DeRenne Avenue to Henry Street, opened in 1993. Phase Two, from Henry to President Street, followed in 1997; DeRenne to Montgomery Cross Road constituted Phase Three and opened in 2004; Phase Four from Eisenhower Drive to Whitefield Avenue opened in 2005. The total cost for these four segments was approximately $95 million.

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