Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS
By this time next year Glynn County will be able to add truck drivers to its growing list of transportation assets.
Construction crews will break ground soon at a new driver's license testing facility in Glynn County for truck drivers and other motorists. Also, a week ago, state legislators funded a new commercial truck drivers school for the county.
The two projects will work hand-in-hand to provide a trained workforce for the area's transportation industry, County Commissioner Tony Thaw said.
"We have a great port, funding for deepening of the channel, a good bridge, rail and an airport," said Thaw.
The truck drivers training and licensing helps "put together the pieces of the puzzle so industry will want to come here," he said.
Tonight, county commissioners are expected to hire low-bidder Seaboard Construction to build the first phase - an access road - of the commercial drivers licensing facility.
The facility, which will license auto, motorcycle and commercial bus and truck drivers, will be finished by late spring 2010, said Assistant County Administrator Paul Christian. The building will be located off U.S. 17 near Airport Road on 20 acres of land that was donated by the Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority.
When completed, the facility will have an entrance road, a 5000-square-foot main building, and a 400-foot-by-400-foot driving track, large enough to maneuver, back up, and park tractor-trailers.
Right now student truck drivers must go to Milledgeville to be tested for a license. The drive takes more than three hours from the southernmost areas of the Georgia coast.
Development authority Executive Director Nathan Sparks said a Glynn County testing facility will draw more truck drivers here and, in turn, attract more companies that hire drivers. …