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Construction has commenced on a multi-million dollar project that will widen almost 4.2 miles along US 17 between South Carolina and Savannah. The project will add two more lanes, a grass median, and several other safety measures along the highway. The upgrades come at such an important time as the region prepares for economic growth. The anticipated total project cost is approximately $60M and currently funded using LCOG Guideshare funding, LATS MPO funding, and SCDOT Safety Funds. Construction will be done by R.B. Baker Construction and is expected to be completed by late 2025. A second phase of the project is being designed by Georgia DOT to construct a second bridge over Back River near the Savannah River.