Phase I Overview

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.

Project Advisory Committee

Will Ingram
Hunter Army Airfield
Beth Kinstler
Magnolia Park
Chris Blaine / Barnett Educational Supplies
Commercial Property Owner
Curtis Lewis
Commercial At Large
Darlene Wilson
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
Susu Cox
Fairway Oaks
Ellen Hatcher
Manor/Poplar-Lamara Heights