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Truman Pkwy Construction Causes Some Safety Concerns

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New construction is putting a crosswalk and bus stop a little too far out of reach for some Savannah residents and they contacted News 3 for help.  Traffic is now flowing on the final phase of the Truman Parkway, but one neighbor says there's a flaw that could be putting people in danger. 

"It's painful sometimes but I have to do what I have to do.  And my only means of transportation is catching the bus," said Melonie Sims. 

Sims doesn't have a car and she has a disability so she walks with the assistance of a cane, so adding half the distance of a football field to her daily trips to the bus stop and store is very painful.  She used to walk straight there but now newly installed railing stands in her way.  She lives on Holland Drive, where the final phase of the parkway joins with Abercorn Extension. 

"It's just not fair having to go so far out of my way to go in the opposite direction," she said.   

Other residents are finding their own way across.  Our cameras watched one woman just climb right over it.  But that's not so easy for Sims. 

"I can't cross that railing.  I'm not physically capable of crossing that railing. So I have no other choice but to walk around," she said.    

Sims says the solution is simple: cut out and pave an entrance to the crosswalk. 

"All they had to do was leave an opening and leave a little more concrete," she said.   

We called the Georgia Department of Transportation to see what they would think about that. 

G-DOT spokeswoman Jill Nagel said construction is not finished yet and they'd like to hear from people like Sims. 

"There are a lot of guidelines when you're talking six lanes of roadway.  There are a lot of safety issues that go into those designs," Nagel said.  "So we would just have to listen to what she has to say and see what we can do to help her out."

In the meantime, Sims plans to start a petition next week. 

G-DOT officials say they welcome anyone with comments or concerns to call their Savannah office.  That phone number is:  (912) 651-2144

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