Key transportation project underway near Ga. port - CBS46 News

Key transportation project underway near Ga. port

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SAVANNAH, GA (AP) -

Gov. Nathan Deal and state transportation officials have broken ground on a key infrastructure project for the Port of Savannah.

Deal attended a ceremony Thursday for the final stretch of the Jimmy Deloach Parkway connector. The $72.8 million project will extend the current Deloach Parkway by about three miles to State Route 307, near the main gate of the Port of Savannah.

Deal says the project will help companies "get their goods in and out of the port as safely and as quickly as possible." Deal says its part of a broader effort by the state to improve its rail and road system so businesses have the transportation network they need.

Officials estimate 8,000 trucks visit the port each day. The project is scheduled to be finished in May 2016.

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