County Administrator Phil Jones, who attended the recent DOT hearings, said he is pushing for the Belfast Keller interchange, which has yet to be approved.
He also said the Hwy. 144 project, which has yet to receive funding, is coming soon. He said each should greatly alleviate potential traffic congestion.
"We get the indicators that the Hwy. 144 widening project will begin in 2010," Jones said.
Jones said he is hopeful the DOT will take a "good, hard look at the numbers" in projecting the need for the Belfast interchange. Recently, the DOT denied the project, but Jones said DOT officials are now re-looking at the potential interchange, including via the Transportation Study.
"One thing to mention is that these numbers are based on a population of 46,000 in 2035," he said. "I think that’s a low number and our numbers will be greater than that, therefore increasing the need for the interchange – along with many other traffic needs."
To see the GDOT’s findings, maps and charts thus far in the Bryan County Transportation Study, visit www.dot.ga.gov/bryanstudy. It is at that site where you can also give suggestions on roadwork you think the county should undergo over the next 25 years.