The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for January has awarded 25 contracts valued at $54.3 million, with the majority (73 percent) dedicated to road surfacing and maintenance work.
Thirteen of the awarded contracts, valued at $39.9 million, will involve resurfacing and maintenance of 170 miles of state highways, bringing the fiscal year 2017 total in this area to $215.4 million.
“Taking proper care of our pavements not only extends the life of our roads, but also reduces the cost of driving by lowering fuel consumption and saving wear and tear on vehicles,” says GDOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “We are now resurfacing on an average 12 to 15-year cycle with preventative maintenance in between, instead of the previous 50-year cycle.”
The largest project by value is a contract for resurfacing 12 miles on Interstate 95/SR 405 from north of I-16/SR 404 to south of the Georgia/South Carolina Bridge in Chatham and Effingham counties. Reeves Construction Company of Macon, Georgia, won the $8.5 million contract and is expected to complete the project by Nov. 30.
Twenty-one percent of the contracts for January were awarded to bridge projects, including $3.7 million for rehabilitation of 33 bridges on I-85 in west central Georgia and bridge construction in southeast Georgia. The remaining 6 percent of the contracts awarded cover safety projects including signal improvements at six intersections in Forsyth County and railroad intersection signing and pavement marking upgrades at 149 railroad crossings in northwest and central Georgia.