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DOT to hold open house on 21/95 plans

POSTED: August 7, 2014 8:46 p.m.

The Georgia Department of Transportation seeks input on the proposed diverging diamond interchange on Highway 21 at I-95 Exit 109 in Chatham County.

The public is encouraged to come out to view the plans and interactive displays, discuss the project with Georgia DOT staff and give comments at a public information open house meeting, scheduled for Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Georgia Tech Savannah campus, 210 Technology Circle in Savannah. There will be no formal presentation, so people can stop by at any point during the meeting.

After the open house, the project will be on display from Aug. 13-26 at the GDOT Savannah Area Office, located at 630 W. Boundary St. in Savannah. The plan also will be available online at www.dot.ga.gov.

Anyone unable to attend the public information open house may send comments on the project to Hiral Patel, Georgia DOT, 600 W. Peachtree St., 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308. All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by Aug. 26.

“We look forward to presenting this proposal to the public and welcome all comments on this new and innovative transportation project,” said Georgia DOT District Engineer Karon Ivery. “Diverging diamond interchanges innovative design relieves congestion and improves safety by shifting traffic to the opposite side of the road, making left turns onto the interstate easier and improving the free-flow of traffic overall.”

The Highway 21 and I-95 interchange improvement project proposes a new configuration to switch from a traditional driving pattern to the crossover diverging diamond design. Widely used in Europe, and quickly gaining in popularity in the U.S., the Highway 21 interchange under I-95 presented an optimal situation to take advantage of this design option.

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