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Bridge Project Earns GDOT Prestigious Award Honor

Thu August 31, 2023 - Southeast Edition #18
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Georgia’s “Historic 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation Project,” won the AASHTO award in the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Project category and competed alongside projects of similar size and scope from the 14-state SASHTO region.
(GDOT photo)
Georgia’s “Historic 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation Project,” won the AASHTO award in the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Project category and competed alongside projects of similar size and scope from the 14-state SASHTO region. (GDOT photo)
Georgia’s “Historic 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation Project,” won the AASHTO award in the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Project category and competed alongside projects of similar size and scope from the 14-state SASHTO region.
(GDOT photo) AASHTO Executive Director Jim Tymon with Georgia DOT’s Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle.
(GDOT photo) The 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge is now listed as an Augusta tourist attraction. 
(GDOT photo) This $9 million project transformed the outdated 5th Street Bridge over the Savannah River in Augusta into a pedestrian crossing. 
(GDOT photo) Originally constructed in 1931, this bridge was closed for years before Georgia DOT turned it into an active hub for community activity.
(GDOT photo)

The Georgia Department of Transportation earned a regional award in the 2023 America's Transportation Awards competition at the Southern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' annual meeting held in Mobile, Ala.

Georgia DOT's winning submission, the "Historic 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation Project," won in the Quality of Life/Community Development, Small Project category and competed alongside projects of similar size and scope from the 14-state SASHTO region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia in addition to Georgia.

"This recognition highlights GDOT's continued commitment to collaborating with local stakeholders to deliver projects that are important to them and their communities and demonstrates the value of the Transportation Investment Act program and the funding it provides to make regional projects like this one happen," Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said. "The Georgia Department of Transportation is honored to receive this prestigious award."

This $9 million project transformed the outdated 5th Street Bridge over the Savannah River in Augusta into a pedestrian crossing.

Originally constructed in 1931, this bridge was closed for years before Georgia DOT turned it into an active hub for community activity. Improving multi-modal access in the area, the project carved out a viable option for those strolling on foot. Today, there are numerous benches with shading, water fountains for people and companion animals and substantial lighting for safety and aesthetic enhancement. The 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge is now listed as an Augusta tourist attraction and is set to host several community arts events and festivals throughout the year.

Georgia DOT worked collaboratively on this project with local governments and regional partners through the agency's Transportation Investment Act Program, which provides a unique process for Georgia regions to fund community-selected transportation infrastructure projects with a voter-approved 1 percent sales tax. Georgia DOT's TIA engineers ensured the project's timely administration while the city of Augusta oversaw the construction and garnered community support. The bridge rehabilitation was one of the Central Savannah River Area's 84 projects specially selected by regional leaders on their final investment list for the 2013-2022 TIA term.

"The transformation of this historic bridge from a potentially hazardous secondary passageway for vehicle traffic across the Savannah River to a historically preserved pedestrian destination and community beautification centerpiece is a welcomed improvement for downtown Augusta and North Augusta," Phil Wahl, a member of the CSRA's TIA Citizen's Review Panel, said.

About AASHTO Awards

Sponsored by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the America's Transportation Awards serves to recognize state DOTs and highlights the projects they deliver that make their communities better places to live, work and play. Project nominations fall into one of three categories: Operations Excellence, Best Use of Technology & Innovation and Quality of Life/Community Development.




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