In early November, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced that it had provided money to a total of 29 projects in September, including resurfacing, bridge construction and rehabilitation, reconstruction, safety and other building projects.
The single largest investment, valued at $24.4 million, involves a reconstruction project that will consist of 2.5 mi. of widening and reconstruction on U.S. Highway 17/Georgia Highway 25, from Harry Driggers Boulevard to Ga. 99 in Glynn County. The job accounts for 19 percent of the total awarded funds, GDOT said in a news release.
In addition, another $69 million, or 58 percent of the overall award, has been allocated to 10 resurfacing projects.
The largest of these proposed projects is valued at $18.8 million, and will require 14 mi. of milling, inlay and plant mix resurfacing on Ga. 85 from Ga. 1 to North Central Church Road in Harris and Muscogee counties.
Another resurfacing project, valued at approximately $15 million, includes 9.3 mi. of milling and plant mix resurfacing on U.S. 27/Ga. 1 from the Carroll County line to Ga. 1 Business in Haralson County.
GDOT also funded $27.3 million to seven different bridge construction projects across the state — the most significant of which involves erecting an $8.6 million bridge and creating its approaches over Big Dry Creek on U.S. 27/Ga. 1 in Floyd County. This work, along with the other six bridge projects, represents 21 percent of the state agency's allocated funds.
Additionally, bridge rehabilitation work at various locations in Brantley, Charlton, Glynn, Clarke and Walton counties are to receive a total of $14.9 million, approximately 3 percent of GDOT's September awards.
As far as safety projects scheduled around Georgia, the transportation department handed out another 3 percent of its funds. One in Hall County is worth $1.2 million and will focus on improving the intersection turn lane at Ga. 53 and Ga. 369.
Plans also call for railroad safety upgrades in signage and pavement markings, pedestrian safety improvements and rumble strip installation in portions of the state, according to GDOT.
Another contract, valued at $2.6 million, was made available for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Ga. 14 and Washington Road (County Road 1389) in Fulton County.
The September awards by GDOT bring the total construction contracts for Fiscal Year 2024 to $684 million, which includes the agency's Transportation Investment Act (TIA), Design-Bid-Build, and locally administered projects. GDOT's FY2024 began July 1, 2023.
Bids for the state's Design-Bid-Build projects were received Sept. 25, and contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders on Oct. 6, the department noted.
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