January 10, 2018 Update:
2019 will be Bryan County's biggest year ever for major infrastructure projects, such as road widenings and resurfacing, the I-95 interchange, building roundabouts, building a new EMS station and updating our parks and rec facilities. We aim to keep up with and provide for our ever-growing population. Click the link below to download the full report.
I-95 Interchange Project (at Belfast Keller Rd)
City, county, and state transportation officials are excited to announce that the I-95 Interstate Project is officially a go. The funding for this project has been reached thanks to the City of Richmond Hill, Bryan County, GDOT, and Rayonier, which is the company that owns the land near the project site in Richmond Hill.
Work is slated to begin in January 2019 and the interchange is expected to open with limited access in 2021. Traffic on I-95 north will be the first to have use of the new interchange.
The county’s ability to increase its financial involvement in this project highlights the value of making fiscally-responsible choices throughout the budget process.
After the exit is complete, drivers will be able to access the interstate straight from Belfast Keller Road.
Updates on Project:
Updates to come once construction begins.
SR 144 Widening (Timber Trail to Belfast River)
Extend the existing 4-lane section of SR 144 south to Belfast River Road.
(Currently being addressed by PI No. 532370)
The section of SR 144 just south of Timber Trail was chosen as the northern terminus since it marks the ending of the existing 4-lane section. The southern terminus is at the intersection of Belfast River Road because significant percentage of traffic is expected to diverge at this intersection.
Widening of SR 144 is recommended to provide additional capacity and reduce congestion for the $travelers from Richmond Hill and south Bryan to US 17 and I-95.
Updates on Project:
Bryan County’s transportation infrastructure plans are rolling along at a good clip. One such project – the long-anticipated 144 widening – is imminently slated to begin, as the barrels have already been placed to mark off work zones and crews are poised to spring into action.
The widening was added in January to Georgia’s 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program list after Bryan County administrators teamed up with leaders from the City of Richmond Hill, area legislators, Department of Transportation officials and advocates to emphasize the importance of the widening and lobby for its placement. Now, all the pieces are in place and the three-year project will eventually offer county residents a respite from the increasing traffic problems they've dealt with for the better part of a decade.
The widening will cause a few traffic-related inconveniences, according to Bryan County Board of Commissioners Chairman Carter Infinger, but he urges the community to remember that while the inconveniences will be temporary, the improvement will be permanent and well worthwhile.
Harris Trail/Belfast River Road Roundabout Project
Construction of a two lane roundabout which includes the reconstruction of the intersection which includes excavation and replacement of the existing roadway.
More information to come.