“If the street is named after a great leader like Martin Luther King, Jr., then we should be compelled to make the street live up to all of its potential.”
W.W. Law, Savannah Morning News, May 1996
The I-16 exit ramp at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Montgomery Street has frequently been seen as a physical and psychological barrier to economic development, pedestrian activity and neighborhood revitalization along the corridor. While the area to the north of the flyover has thrived in recent years, the area to the south has not seen the same rate of revitalization.
Where We Are
The removal of the interchange ramps is a multi-year process requiring detailed documentation to justify the removal followed by federal requirements for environmental analysis, design and construction. Currently, we are in the process of completing an Interchange Modification Report, which requires approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to remove the interchange.
The Interchange Modification Report addresses the reconfiguration of the eastern terminus of I-16 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Blvd. and Montgomery St. interchange (exit #167). Re-configuring the interchange shall include removal of the I-16 eastbound overpass over MLK Blvd. and adjacent ramps to allow for restoration of the surface street network to improve connectivity and mobility.