- Associated Press - Sunday, July 23, 2017

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - A three-month project to repave part of the highway linking Georgia’s largest public beach to the mainland is taking place during the peak of hurricane season.

The Savannah Morning News reports the Georgia Department of Transportation has begun work to resurface 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of U.S. 80 on Tybee Island. The highway is the only road linking the island to Savannah on the mainland.

Work is scheduled through the months considered the most active for hurricanes - including October, which will mark a year since Hurricane Matthew brushed the Georgia coast.

State DOT spokeswoman Jill Nagel said any construction would halt if a hurricane is forecast to hit Georgia. And Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman said he doesn’t expect any traffic jams if a hurricane evacuation is necessary.

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