Highway US 84/SR 38 could be getting an update with the Hinesville City Council approving the resolution of support for a redesign. Realignment between Ryon Avenue and Bryant Commons is one of these projects. The City was given a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation to help. A median opening is also being considered at this location in response to the high levels of traffic going in and out of Bryant Commons.
The main Hinesville fire and police stations on Liberty Street don’t have emergency first response access at the intersection of Liberty Street and Highway 84.
Therefore, an alternative access point will be moved to MLK Jr. Drive at Hwy 84. The street doesn’t have a left turning signal or associated turning lanes; ones will need to be added to ease eastern emergency vehicle movement onto Hwy 84.
A solution is being considered for the Liberty County Recreation Department and adjacent National Guard Amory entrance which is situated 1,320’ from the Highway 84/Memorial Drive intersection. This generates considerable traffic during events.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce announced that it was designated as a Georgia Certified Chamber. The Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) Georgia Certified Chamber Program was established to recognize Chambers of Commerce within the state that focus on their operations to determine their strengths, weaknesses, and their ability to create effective organization.
To qualify, Chambers have to meet standards in organization, service intent, professional administration, financial management, communications, and advocacy. There are currently 58 Chambers of Commerce having been recognized over the past nine years.
City Council approved Dryden Enterprises’ appeal for the final plat approval of Cherokee Station Subdivision Phase 2. The final plat will contain 94 single-family dwellings, will overall cover 24.52 acres and will be zoned PUD and Flood Zone A. It will be off of Meloney Drive in Hinesville.
Water, sewage, reused water, and storm drainage have been completed as well as curbs, gutters and the road base.
A traffic circle was installed at the entrance to Liberty Club Apartments. The circle will ultimately be the intersection of East General Stewart Way and another road that will connect Sandy Run Drive to Patriots Trail.
City Council approved the submission of a grant request to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for the 2021 State Fiscal Year Section 5307 Urbanized Area Grant application. Due to Hinesville’s population being under 200,000, it is considered an urbanized area by the Federal Transit Administration.
This makes the City eligible for Section 5307 funding. The City is requesting the full appropriated amount of $758,312 in addition to the supplemental federal funding for $228,000. For funding, the federal request is $986,312, the state request is $82,820, and the required local contribution is $405,572. It was mentioned that some of the buses will be replaced within Hinesville using this funding, some even being downsized.