Traffic on Fort Stewart's two state highways is about to get a lot thicker, but both roads will stay open closed despite increased training.
Col. Todd Buchs, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander, announced today that Hwys.119 and 144 will remain open while large training exercises take place through the end of this month and into March.
The training will have an impact on the traffic volume on the two highways, which both cross Fort Stewart's training areas. Buchs spoke about the increased traffic during a media luncheon on Fort Stewart.
Traffic will be heavier than normal through March 19 because of training. Some 2,000 wheeled vehicles will be using the roadways on a daily basis during that time. Drivers should be alert for both military and contractor vehicles moving in and out of training areas along the highways.
Tracked and wheeled vehicles will be moving in and out of the training areas. Wheeled vehicles will be convoying to other locations on these same highways. Convoys will occur throughout the day, every day, until the end of the training.
If drivers have a necessity to use Hwys. 144 and 119 they need to be acutely aware of the increased traffic and should give themselves more time to arrive at their destinations, the post warned.
If possible, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes until the exercises are completed, according to a press release.
Also, tactical vehicles are required to maintain a 40 m.p.h. speed limit, so drivers should be prepared to adjust their speed accordingly. Drivers are asked to remain patient and to also be alert for mud and debris on the highways.
Signs will be posted along the highways, alerting drivers to the increased traffic and ongoing training, according to the Fort Stewart Public Affairs Office.
Drivers should also watch for flashing amber lights on the road where vehicles may be crossing or stopped in the road waiting to cross. Extra caution should be taken during darkness, when fog is present or other limited visibility situations, the PAO said.