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Pooler Parkway to undergo construction, see improvements

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Just this week the City of Pooler gave the green light to a construction firm to make what they think will be improvements along the parkway. Just this week the City of Pooler gave the green light to a construction firm to make what they think will be improvements along the parkway.
POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

People throughout Chatham County are thrilled with the thought of new shops and new restaurants, but then comes the traffic.  Some have even asked WTOC whether Pooler Parkway handle the explosive growth.

Just this week, the city of Pooler gave the green light to a construction firm to make what they think will be improvements along the parkway, and the city says the upgrades have been designed to keep from having to install additional traffic signals.

For instance, you'll no longer be able to turn left onto the parkway from Maxell Drive near Longhorn Restaurant nor Godley Station Boulevard.

Karen Robertson with the Pooler Chamber of Commerce and the visitor's center says, "Public safety is a challenge and city council has had to take some action to plan for the future."

Robertson has also heard her fair share of complaints. "It's very easy to be a morning after quarterback, why wasn't something done a while back? But I think the City of Pooler is doing a great job and doing what they can addressing these issues before they get out of hand."

One thing the city addressed was adjusting some traffic patterns instead of adding lights.  There are already three traffic lights back to back to back when you exit I-95. 

"I used to like the parkway more because there were no lights," said Jenelle Burney.  She's opened Sisters Restaurant a year ago and has lived in Pooler for four years, and in that short amount of time seen the explosion in population.

"And then there was a light every quarter mile, and I guess it's for safety purposes so it does make the traffic drive a little longer.  So the fact that there are no more lights being added, I'm pleased with that."

An added bonus for Burney is the city's extension of the left hand turn lane out of the Publix shopping center.

Burney added, "Because the business growth that's coming up behind us, at 5 o'clock there's a lot of congestion right here, so with that turn lane being extended, you can go on out without holding up the traffic."

Robertson says where they embrace growth and new businesses. "At the same time, we know we need to balance with safety and infrastructure issues," she said.

Here is the list of specific intersections where you can expect changes along Pooler Parkway.

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