Georgia transportation board authorizes $1 billion I-285/GA 400 interchange reconstruction

Updated Jul 6, 2015
The interchange is seen in this still from WSBTV footage.The interchange is seen in this still from WSBTV footage.

The Georgia State Transportation Board (STB) has approved a joint resolution between the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to carry out the Interstate 285/GA 400 interchange.

“The $1 Billion I-285/SR 400 Interchange reconstruction project is the state’s highest transportation infrastructure improvement priority and its most expensive road project ever,” GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said.

GDOT will manage the project and serve as SRTA’s agent. It will also provide funds “subject to annual appropriations up to $907 million.”

Four shortlisted teams are involved in the current procurement stage.

STB also approved designating the Historic Dixie Highway Scenic Byway, which follows Old Highway 3 across 62 miles between Albany and Thomasville. It is the first designated Scenic Byway in southwest Georgia and the 15th in the state. This designation also marks a total of 650 miles of Scenic Byways in the Georgia system.