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204 gets new speed limit while construction begins

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A $28,000,000 makeover for one of Savannah's busiest roads begins on Thursday. 

That means you're going to have to slow down.

On Wednesday, Georgia Department of Transportation workers put up new speed limit signs for 204 at King George Boulevard, and when we told drivers they're going to have to drive 35 miles per hour, they laughed it off.

One Statesboro driver we talked to chuckled.

"I don't think anyone's going to follow that," she said.  

However, when we showed her the penalties for speeding in a work zone, she got a little more serious.

"Nobody wants to spend that much just for going over the speed limit," she said.

According the Governor's Highway Safety Association, speeding in a construction zone can cost you anywhere from $100-$2,000 or up to 12 months in jail.

Jill Nagel with GADOT said 35-miles-per-hour is the safest speed for this work.

"It's a different type of construction," said Nagle. "It's a major project when you have cranes. Anytime you have big equipment, it's a slower speed zone.  It's more dangerous." 

Neighbors, like Jim Ogeron, understand the dangers on 204 even without the traffic.

"People diving in and out of the traffic," Ogeron said. "Nobody actually goes the speed limit." 

The current speed limit is 55 mph.

Ogeron is excited for the flyover, which should be finished in 2017.

But, he said, "Until they get it all done, it's not going to help at all, it's going to be a real fiasco."

Nagel explained that the first nine months of the project will be the building of the on and off ramps of the future flyover, then traffic will be diverted off 204. 

She also said that the 35 mph speed limit is in effect starting May 15 through the duration of the project, day and night.

"We know it's an inconvenience, but they need to understand that Georgia DOT is focused on safety first. These workers live here too and they want to get home safe just like everyone else," said Nagle.

The last GADOT worker killed on our roadways was in 2011. 

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