The Effingham Parkway, if it moves along, could be a different concept than what has been proposed.
What’s being discussed now is a two-lane road, rather than a four-lane, limited access road.
“This is a different project than what was conceived in 2005,” said interim county administrator Toss Allen.
A new cost estimate, according to Allen, pegs the Parkway at $38 million. A new concept report, schedule and budget are in the works, and it appears as many as five bridges will have to be built over wetlands.
As proposed during the failed T-SPLOST vote two years ago, the Parkway was going to cost about $133.9 million, with the regional T-SPLOST picking up more than 90 percent of the cost.
Professional engineering will cost about $2.5 million, and right-of-way acquisition will cost about $3 million. The state is expected to pick up about $32 million of the overall tab.
If this route is taken for the Effingham Parkway, construction could start in three years.
“It’s my feeling this is the only way we’ll see this built in my lifetime,” Allen said.