The Georgia Department of Transportation in partnership with CSX Transportation, Georgia Ports Authority; and the cities of Garden City, Port Wentworth, Pooler, Rincon, Savannah and Chatham and Effingham counties announce Highway 21 will be closed for railroad grade crossing improvements.
Highway 21 will be closed to through traffic at the railroad crossing between Groves High School and the U.S. Post Office/Piggly Wiggly shopping complex. All other access to Highway 21 will remain open.
DOT is advising all through traffic to detour using Augusta Avenue (better known as Highway 80 or Highway 26) to Highway 307 (also known as Dean Forest Road).
Work will begin Monday at 9 a.m. and will continue through Saturday. Northbound traffic will be rerouted to exit 7A at Augusta Avenue. Traffic will detour west on Highway 26 for approximately 4.5 miles to Highway 307 north and continue 3.5 miles north to Highway 21.
Southbound traffic through Garden City will be detoured at Highway 307. It will travel south for approximately 3.5 miles to Highway 26, then east for approximately 4 miles to Burnsed Avenue loop to Highway 21.
All through traffic will be rerouted and detours will be in place north and south on Highway 21. Merchants, schools and customers will be able to access businesses and destinations up to the closure. Motorists can expect delays; congestion and heavy traffic at times, and are advised to use extra caution.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes.Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.