March 6, 2018
For Immediate Release
City Adjusts Whitaker Street Pilot Program
SAVANNAH, GA (March 6, 2018) — The City of Savannah has revised the Whitaker Street pilot program and restored the roadway from Bay Street to Broughton Street to two traffic lanes. The two lanes are now narrower in order to expand the area next to the sidewalks for pedestrians. The on-street parking spaces have been removed.
The City has been receiving feedback on the Whitaker Street pilot for the past month and made the changes on Monday, March 5.
“We are listening and we appreciate everyone who is giving us feedback,” said Heath Lloyd, the City’s Chief Infrastructure and Development Officer. “The goal of this pilot program is to enhance the experience along Whitaker Street for our pedestrians. This shift should allow for more efficient vehicular traffic flow, while effectively slowing the traffic down and making the area safer and more enjoyable for our walking citizens and visitors.”
The City reduced Whitaker Street to a single traffic lane between Bay and Broughton streets from February 5 through March 5 in an effort to visually enhance the corridor and provide additional on-street parking. After receiving feedback from the trial, it was determined that a revised approach to the corridor was necessary. The revised approach incorporates two traffic lanes and a pedestrian buffer.
The 90-day pilot program will run until the May 6. The City is welcoming feedback regarding the modifications and has set up an online form at http://savannahga.gov/whitakerpilot