The intersection where I-16 meets I-95 will be getting some changes following a joint resolution recently passed by the State Transportation Board.
The joint resolution between the Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Road and Tollway Authority calls for moving forward with widening I-16, as well as interchange reconstruction at I-16 and I-95.
The I-16 project will expand the roadway from four to six lanes from I-95 to I-516. Additionally, the interchange improvement project will reconstruct the existing I-16 at I-95 interchange and includes upgrading entrance and exit ramps, constructing new collector-distributor lanes and installing new lighting and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology.
Construction is projected to begin in early 2019.
The projects are part of the Department’s Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), and are currently in the procurement phase.
“The combined $319 million of improvements are the state’s second set of MMIP projects to advance,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “We appreciate the hard work and commitment of our partners, including the State Road and Tollway Authority, the City of Savannah and Chatham County, to move this project along at such a fast pace.”
The resolution authorizes the projects to move forward; authorizes the department to manage the projects and act as SRTA’s agent, even though there is no toll associated with these projects; and authorizes Georgia DOT to make funds available for the outlined projects with annual appropriations.
“We are so pleased to take the next step in bringing these major projects to a reality,” said Ann R. Purcell, STB vice chair representing Congressional District 1. “The State Transportation Board and the members of the General Assembly are committed to continuing to work towards transportation improvements throughout Georgia, especially important ones like this that will help make the Port of Savannah more competitive and provide benefits for the freight industry.
“I’m grateful for the support of our elected officials on this and all infrastructure projects. It is because of this support that our state continues to invest in transportation so that we can keep moving forward.”
To learn more about the MMIP program, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/BS/Projects/MMIP.