Fort Stewart is lowering the speed limit on a pair of highways beginning Saturday.
Here's more information from Fort Stewart's Public Affairs Office:
The speed limit on two Georgia highways here will be reduced to 45 mph beginning in May because of training for the 41st Brigade Combat Team.
The speed limit reduction affects Highway 144 from Glennville to Richmond Hill and Highway 119 from Fort Stewart to Pembroke. The speed limit reduction is within the Fort Stewart training area only and goes into effect May 2.
Drivers using highways 144 and 119 need to be acutely aware of the speed limit reduction and increased traffic because of the training. Drivers should give themselves more time to arrive at their destinations and are encouraged to use alternate routes until the exercises are completed. Tactical vehicles are required to drive 40 mph, so drivers should be prepared to adjust their speed accordingly. All speed limit signs on the highway will be changed to read 45 mph. Additional signs will be posted along the highways alerting drivers to the training.
Drivers should be alert for military vehicles crossing the highways at tank trails throughout the training areas. Drivers should also watch for flashing amber lights on the road where vehicles may be crossing or stopped in the road waiting to cross, and for mud and other debris on the highway. Extra caution should be taken during darkness, when fog is present, or other limited visibility situations.
The 41st BCT, an Oregon Army Nation Guard unit, will be training on Fort Stewart from May to July in preparation for future deployment. The speed limit reduction creates the safest conditions possible for both the Soldiers training and for drivers.