SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The City of Savannah Office of Capital Projects Management will start construction on Phase I of the Broughton Street Improvement Project on Monday.
Work on Phase I was originally scheduled to start in early April, but the COVID-19 outbreak delayed the shipment of needed materials.
Broughton Street will be closed to traffic between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Jefferson Street starting on Monday, and detour signs will be posted to direct drivers. Pedestrian access to homes and businesses on Broughton Street will still be available throughout construction.
Construction on the street will be done in phases. The project’s manager said each section will be closed for roughly six to eight weeks.
“There’s a lot of inconsistencies with the pavements that are down on Broughton Street. If you walk, some of it’s concrete, some of it’s brick and that’ll actually be uniform when that’s all said and done with, when the project’s completed,” Doug Patten, the Sr. Capital Project Manager said.
The improvement project includes new sidewalks and crosswalks with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps, traffic signage and markings, and lighting and landscaping.
Phase II of the project will focus on Drayton Street to East Broad Street. Both phases are part of a downtown improvement project that also includes Bay Street and River Street.
The construction budget is just over $11 million and was approved by the prior council last year.
The Improvement project will also impact Chatham Area Transit who will stop making service stops along Broughton Street on Monday, April 27th. The 14 Abercorn and 11 Candler routes will be altered due to the construction. To see the changes to the schedule click HERE.
Outbound stops missed – Closest alternative stops
Broughton & Montgomery – Transit Center (610 W. Oglethorpe Avenue)
Broughton & Barnard – Transit Center
Broughton & Bull Street – Transit Center
Broughton & Abercorn Street – Abercorn & Oglethorpe
Abercorn & York Street – Abercorn & Oglethorpe
Inbound stops missed Inbound – Closest alternative stops
Abercorn & Broughton (next to the SCAD Library) – Abercorn & Oglethorpe
Broughton & Jefferson (in front of McDonalds) – Transit Center
Patten asked people to be patient as the crews work to improve the downtown area. Construction on Phase I of the project is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.