This project was presented to the Board of Commissioners on May 17. It was the culmination of a traffic study done by Kimley-Horne regarding traffic flow and safety standards for traffic coming onto and leaving the island.
The project in a shortened version: The St. Simons Island (SSI) Gateway, located in Glynn County, Georgia, is the primary entrance to St. Simons Island and is comprised of the intersections of FJ Torras Causeway (the Causeway), Kings Way, Sea Island Road, and Demere Road. This area experiences congestion during AM, Mid-day (MD), and PM peak hours that now persists all year-round.
The gateway’s present design features a stop light at Sea Island Road and Demere Road which:
a) backs up traffic coming onto the island
b) backs up traffic leaving the island on Demere Road.
In addition, there is a stop sign for Kings Way travelers at Sea Island Road, which makes it difficult for travelers to merge onto Sea Island Road.
This project will eliminate the stop sign at King’s Way and Sea Island Road and the traffic light at Sea Island and Demere roads by creating a traditional two-lane roundabout. A flyover bridge is also proposed to be constructed on Sea Island Road over Demere Road where the two now intersect.