Last Wednesday, Mayor Eddie DeLoach and state leaders hosted a Highlands Community townhall meeting to gather public input on a proposed traffic plan for Highlands and Benton Boulevards. The plan, proposed by the Georgia Department of Transportation, would have partially lifted truck traffic restrictions along Highlands Boulevard and provided funds for road widening in the area. After robust discussion and extended dialogue with the community, Mayor DeLoach and city leaders have committed to standing against the proposed plan and against lifting the commercial truck ban on either of the two roads.
“The Highlands community and surrounding industries are thriving – but we have to make sure that even as Savannah experiences unprecedented growth, our families still have the basic safety and quality of life they deserve,” said Mayor DeLoach. “Although we’ve been working for months with leaders from across the state to find solutions to improve traffic congestion, my top priority is listening to the concerns of those closest to the issue.”
“It is clear that lifting our commercial truck ban is a nonstarter for our Highlands Community and I’ll stand firm against truck traffic in our neighborhoods,” said DeLoach.
In 2017, Mayor DeLoach and Council voted to implement a commercial truck ban on Highlands and Benton Boulevards to prevent truck traffic and mitigate general traffic congestion in the area. The ban has been largely successful in boosting neighborhood safety and easing traffic congestion for residents of the Highlands Community.
Mayor DeLoach and city officials have agreed to continue negotiations with Georgia Department of Transportation, Chatham County, and other stakeholders to find alternative solutions to the Highlands traffic congestion while maintaining the 2017 truck ban. The proposed traffic plan will be formally voted on by the full City Council, though a date for that vote has not yet been scheduled.