Phase I of Project DeRenne began in 2008, following voter approval of SPLOST that included funds for transportation improvements to DeRenne Avenue. This phase consisted of the examination of existing and future traffic conditions; and a number meetings to determine how best to move forward. A Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed to guide city officials in identifying potential solutions to problems and deficiencies along DeRenne Aveune between I-516 and Abercorn Street.
Phase 1 included Steering Committee meetings, neighborhood meetings, stakeholder interviews and meetings, PAC meetings, a design charrette, and two public workshops. Over the two year period, 40+ meetings were held in which a number of transportation issues were identified; such as, traffic congestion, no street connectivity, lack of a pedestrian and bicycle network, decline in emergency responses and extensive traffic queues. Two alternatives were identified to be carried forward in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which was known as the Intersection Option and Boulevard Option. The Boulevard Option was determined to be a better solution to solving the traffic issues.
Will Ingram Hunter Army Airfield
Beth Kinstler Magnolia Park
Chris Blaine / Barnett Educational Supplies Commercial Property Owner
Curtis Lewis Commercial At Large
Darlene Wilson Tatemville
Cindy Landolt South Garden
Dwayne Simpson Kensington Park
Al Lang / Baker's Pride Commercial Business Owner
Jimmy Kicklighter Memorial University Medical Center
Melissa Bates Poplar Place/University
Tammy Perkins Savannah Chatham County Public School System
Peter Schenk/Debbie Hughes St. Joseph's Candler Hospital