The Chatham County Department of Engineering provides services in four broad categories: Technical Support, Project Management, Development, and Public Assistance and Relations. The Department protects public interests as administrator of the County Engineering Policy, the Land Disturbing Activities Ordinance, the Storm Water Management Ordinance, the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and the Streetlight Ordinance.   Additionally, the Department administers miscellaneous requirements of the Code of Chatham County such as speed zone, water supply and sewerage. 

Technical Support: The Department provides technical engineering services (including traffic engineering) and support to other County departments, staff, elected officials and the public.

Project Management: The Department manages and administers the road and drainage capital improvement programs funded by the 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). This includes but is not limited to design, environmental permitting, utility relocation, right-of-way acquisition and construction management. Additionally, the Department coordinates projects with local municipalities, state agencies (e.g. Department of Transportation, Department of Natural Resources) and federal agencies (e.g. US Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Highway Administration), and provides contract management for other County construction projects.

Development: The Department reviews residential and commercial development plans, approves and issues development permits, and enforces compliance with County ordinances and statutes (state and federal).

Public Assistance and Relations: The Department provides general assistance to the citizens of Chatham County, hosts public hearings, attends community meetings and provides information to media.

Truman Linear Park Trail, Phase 2  

On Thursday, December 03, 2015 at Jenkins High School, 1800 East DeRenne Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406, Chatham County and the Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a Public Information Open House concerning the project listed above.

This project proposes to construct a 10-foot wide multi-use trail from Lake Mayer Park to Jenkins High School.

The purpose of this Location and Public Information Open House is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the project, ask questions, and comment on the project.

The Open House will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It will be informal, and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation. A court reporter will be available to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by Nathaniel Panther at (912) 652-7800.

Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until Monday, December 14, 2015. Written statements may be submitted to:      

Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E.
State Environmental Administrator
Georgia Department of Transportation
600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Benton Boulevard Extension Project  

This is a SPLOST referendum project to extend Benton Boulevard from Highlands Boulevard to State Route 30. The proposed extension will include a two lane road with a bridge at St. Augustine Creek and a culvert at Little Hearst Branch. It will also include roadway drainage, a shared-use path and intersection improvements at Highlands, Meinhard and State Route 30.

The purpose of Benton Boulevard is to provide connectivity between areas of development along the west side of the County and to create an alternate route to State Route 21. This segment completes the original concept plan for the corridor.

The roadway will include two twelve-foot travel lanes with a two-foot paved shoulder, a ten-foot shared-use path for pedestrians and bicycles, grass shoulders and ditches on each side. Right of Way will be purchased to allow for a future four lane section. 

The project length is 1.4 miles.

Project Schedule:
Preliminary Plans Complete:  Spring 2016
Right of Way Acquisition: Fall 2016 to Spring 2017
Begin Construction: Spring 2017 (Construction to last 18 to 24 months)


Canebrake Road Improvements  

Project Description:
Canebrake Road is an existing two-lane roadway with 10’ lanes.  This project will widen the roadway by increasing the lane widths to 11’, as well as add a 5’ sidewalk on the north side and a 10’ shared use path on the south side.  Project will include drainage improvements and possible MS4/water quality facilities.

Project Details:

  • Project Length = 0.66 miles
  • Speed Limit/Design Speed = 35 mph

Project Schedule

  • Construction in 2016
  • Estimated time of construction is 12 months

Skidaway Road Improvement Project  

General Description: This is a SPLOST referendum project to make improvements to the Skidaway Road corridor between Ferguson/ Norwood Avenue and Montgomery Cross Road. The proposed improvements include an upgrade of the existing traffic signal at Ferguson/ Norwood Avenue and a roundabout at the intersection of Skidaway, Montgomery Cross Road and Central Avenue.  It will also include roadway drainage and sidewalks on both sides of Skidaway Road.

Purpose: The purpose of the project is to make the road safer and more efficient for motorists and pedestrians, and improve drainage.

Typical section: Two eleven foot travel lanes with curb and gutter and six foot sidewalks on each side. Left turn lanes each way at the intersection of Ferguson/ Norwood Avenue.

Length: 0.44 miles

Cost Estimate
Right of Way: $3,000,000
Construction: $3,000,000

Right of Way Acquisition Fall of 2015 through 2016
Construction Spring 2017 to Fall of 2018

SR 25 Connector/ West Bay Street Improvements  

Chatham County, in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has a project to make improvements to 1.29 miles of W. Bay Street between W. Lathrop Avenue and E. Lathrop Avenue. Improvements include widening the road for 11 and 12 foot travel lanes in each direction, a raised median, traffic signal upgrades, turn lanes and improved sidewalks. Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons will also be installed in three locations as part of the project.

Please use the links below that explain how a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon works.

Please see the brochure below or watch the video that explains how a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon works.

The project will be Let by GDOT in October of 2015. Construction should begin early in 2016 and is expected to take about two years.

If you have any questions regarding the project please contact Pamela Bernard at (912) 652-7800 or the local GDOT office at (912) 651-2144.

Diamond Causeway at McWhorter Drive and Green Island Road  

This is a SPLOST project to improve the safety and efficiency of the intersection of Diamond Causeway at McWhorter Drive and Green Island Road with a roundabout.  

A Public Information Open House was held on March 8, 2016 by the Chatham County Department of Engineering. The meeting provided the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions and comment on the proposal. Over 400 people attended and many provided written comments. If you were not able to attend, please see the concept drawing of the proposed roundabout, traffic study and also the traffic simulation model displayed here. Written comments concerning this project will be accepted until March 22, 2016 at:

Chatham County Department of Engineering
Attn: Pamela Bernard, P.E.
P.O. Box 8161
Savannah, Georgia 31412




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