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Road connecting SHS progressing
072407 SHS CONSTRUCTION 4
Construction of the Statesboro High School connector road, also known as Blue Devil Alley, continues at Northside Drive and Savannah Avenue. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    While work continues on the new Statesboro High School, work is also being done on a new road that hopes to alleviate traffic problems at the school once the new facility opens.
    The road, which will connect Fleming Drive to Highway 80, is being prepared so it can be tied into the campus once construction is complete on the new SHS, said Statesboro City Engineer Maz Elhaj.
    "For the time being, we're finishing the concrete work, the curb and gutters and the traffic islands," Elhaj said. "Then we'll go back and finish the base layer and put a layer of asphalt."
    The top layer of asphalt won't be added until the school is ready for the road to be tied in to the rest of campus.
    Elhaj said the road would "meander" through the campus to Fleming Drive behind the school with several curves in the road.
    "Anyone trying to beat the signal at Lester Road won't have a pleasant drive," he said. "It's designed for school use."
    The road will be named "#1 Blue Devil Alley" after the Statesboro High School student body voted on the name and presented their request to the Statesboro City Council earlier this year. The council unanimously approved the request.
    Elhaj said the total cost of the project will be approximately $250,000.
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