In Bryan County, we uncovered the story of State Route 144 – a project with a challenging schedule that required an innovative approach to an otherwise typical task. Our team completed two major environmental deliverables for Georgia DOT in less time than it takes on average for one. We revamped the typical Environmental Assessment with creative writing and images to produce a deliverable beyond anyone’s expectations. New ideas led to better citizen participation, which gave us insight into local resources to preserve in the coastal river community. The Draft EA and Final EA received fast approvals with agency consensus, meeting the tight funding deadlines.
Throughout this project, we learned and shared many lessons, created an engaging new format, and earned unexpected honors for environmental streamlining and planning initiatives. We’re glad to say that this story had quite the happy ending.