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Savannah Avenue construction on schedule
Road to remain closed until March
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While the city is realigning Savannah Avenue at its intersection with Highway 80, it's also taking the opportunity to improve the drainage capacity of the area as well.
    As part of that, the city is replacing a culvert across Savannah Avenue in addition to installing drainage pipes to improve the water flow, Statesboro City Engineer Maz Elhaj said.
    "The idea is to provide continuous drainage flow under Highway 80 and under Savannah Avenue," he said.
    Elhaj said the previous box culvert configuration was "strange" as it was higher than it should have been. As a result, water wasn't draining under Highway 80.
    To correct the problem, Elhaj said they were going to lower the water main and culvert.
    In addition to the drainage improvements, the city is also realigning Savannah Avenue so that its intersection with Highway 80 will be safer. A light will also be installed at the intersection.
    The realignment project is expected to be completed in March and is currently on schedule, Elhaj said. The road is expected to remain blocked off until construction is complete due to safety reasons.
    Also, the road will be extended to the campus of Statesboro High School, providing another entrance and exit from the school.
    Rather than having to disrupt traffic twice, the city usually tries to make drainage improvements when doing other road work.
    The drainage work at the Savannah Avenue/Highway 80 Intersection is tied to the work being done at the new police station as they were bid together by the city.
    The total cost of the two projects was slightly more than $900,000, Elhaj said, with $165,000 coming from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
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