Georgia Department of Transportation sign shop crews and maintenance service contractors will continue for the next two weeks making visible safety enhancements along US 80 on Tybee Island Causeway between Bull River and Lazaretto Creek.

The traveling public can expect personnel and equipment installing three safety enhancement projects in the following areas:

A contractor began work this week at Fort Pulaski entrance on the first safety enhancement project which includes restriping US 80 to shorten the eastbound passing lane to create a left turn lane to enter Fort Pulaski Road.  Work was performed at night to minimize disruption to the traveling public.

The second safety project includes re-striping Bull River Bridge to provide four feet of separation between opposing lanes and installation of raised pavement markers on the bridge.  This work will be performed at night.

For the third safety project, an engineering review of Tybee Island Causeway signage were conducted and determined sign upgrades were warranted. Causeway signage size will increase to 48″ and “Narrow Bridge” signage with an advisory plate for 45 mph speed at Bull River and Lazaretto Creek bridges. Georgia DOT crews will install these signs this week during daylight hours.

These projects should enhance safety by communicating important information to drivers, such as the alignment of the road and traffic advisories. New road markings, RPMs and signage are highly visible, especially at night and in inclement weather.

Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce speed and remain alert to changing traffic conditions. If you approach a work crew please do not pass the work truck or trail/buffer vehicle, change lanes behind the truck or trail/buffer vehicle or swerve back and forth to see around the trucks.

Roadway work zones are hazardous for workers and for the public. In fact, most fatalities in work zone crashes are drivers or passengers. Obey the rules in work zones – Pay Attention – Slow Down – Watch for Workers.  And always, expect the unexpected. It can make the difference between life and death. Remember – work zone safety is in your hands.

After ten years of consistent annual reductions in roadway fatalities in Georgia, deaths increased 33% in the last two years. An average of four people are dying every single day! The main culprit is driver behavior.

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