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Friday, December 11, 2009 - 1:24pm

Savannah Gets Highway Funding

Dollars keep coming Savannah's way for tranportation funding. The latest announcement brings some closure to a long-awaited project.

State transportation officials have announced they're funding the last, two-mile leg of Savannah's Truman Parkway.

The $128 million news comes months after the Georgia Department of Transportation said it will fund a new $22 million bridge to Skidaway Island.

Those two projects along with work on a new jail make construction prospects that much brighter for area workers.

The transportation department's Crystal Paulk-Buchanan says, Savannah's gain comes at the expense of projects elsewhere.

"There were more than a couple of projects around the state that just weren't quite ready to let to contract yet," Paulk-Buchanan said. "Truman Parkway had all of the environmental assessments finished, all of the right of way finished. It was ready to go."

Work is scheduled to begin next summer.

Then after two-decades of construction, it should be finished in 2013.

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