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Post cuts speed limit on highways

POSTED: March 9, 2007 5:11 a.m.
The speed limit on two Georgia highways that cross through Fort Stewart's training areas has been reduced to 45 mph.
The speed limit reduction affects Highway 144 from Glennville to Richmond Hill and Highway 119 from to Pembroke. Post officials said the reduction in speed is for the safety of 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers currently training and for the drivers who use the highways.  The speed limit reduction is within the Fort Stewart training area only.
Drivers using highways 144 and 119 need to be acutely aware of the speed limit reduction and also increased traffic because of the training.  Drivers should give themselves more time to arrive at their destinations and are also encouraged to use alternate routes until the exercises are completed.
Tactical vehicles are required to maintain a 40 mph speed limit, so drivers should be prepared to adjust their speed accordingly.
Traffic along the highways will be heavier than normal until March 19 because of the training.  Some 2,000 wheeled vehicles will be using the roadways on a daily basis during the training.  Drivers should be alert for both military and contractor vehicles moving in and out of training areas along the highways. Tracked and wheeled vehicles will be moving in and out of the training areas.  Wheeled vehicles will be convoying to other locations on these same highways.  Convoys will occur throughout the day, every day, until the end of the training.
All speed limit signs will be changed to read 45 mph.  Additional signs will be posted along the highways, alerting drivers to the increased traffic and ongoing training.  Drivers should also watch for flashing amber lights on the road where vehicles may be crossing or stopped in the road waiting to cross.  Extra caution should be taken during darkness, when fog is present or other limited visibility situations.

 

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