Last Friday, Mayor Edna Jackson and Comm. Chair Al Scott were joined by GDOT Board Member Ann Purcell, GDOT and dozens of state and local officials as they held the ribbon cutting ceremony for the final phase of the Harry S. Truman Parkway. The ceremony was held on the ramp of the Truman and White Bluff exit. There was a bit of confusion when the commissioners discovered that the Truman would not be opened to traffic until mid March but proceeded with the ceremony.
Purcell acknowledged County Commission Chair Bob McCorkle and his efforts to see the Truman completed. He was represented by his widow, Jean McCorkle. A special tribute was made to J. Tom Coleman, a Savannah native, who served as a senator for the State of Georgia for more than 14 years. Coleman was elected to the Georgia Legislature in 1981 and served until his retirement in 1995. During that time, he also participated as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He worked hard to ensure the monies were appropriated for completion of the Truman Parkway. He was represented by his son John and daughter Celeste.
“It started with a vision, then it went to a dream and now it is a reality,” Mayor Jackson said of the freeway.”