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County gets state money for Harris Trail project
Bryan County New Seal 2016

Bryan County will receive $110,000 from the Georgia Department of Transportation for improvements along Harris Trail in anticipation of higher traffic volumes.

GDOT announced last week a total of $1.8 million in awards for 21 safety projects in 15 counties in southeast Georgia. The funds are part of the fiscal 2016 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant Off-System Safety Program.

County Administrator Ben Taylor said the money primarily would be used to add three feet of shoulder to each side of Harris Trail for a two-mile stretch ending at Sterling Creek. Re-striping work will occur on 16 other county roads.

Taylor said the work is necessary due to anticipated high traffic volume on Harris Trail that will come from several factors, including population growth, detours during the widening of Highway 144 and the proposed exit off I-95 at Belfast Keller Road.

“The latest traffic count for this portion of the road is 3,500 vehicles a day,” Taylor said. “In 2030 it is projected to be 19,000 vehicles per day.”

A 30 percent match from the county is required, which Taylor said would come from SPLOST funds.

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