The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) awarded a total of 44 projects that will have an impact on Floyd, Chattooga, Polk, Gordon and Bartow Counties. The projects range from resurfacing and reconstruction to bridge construction and safety projects.
Several bridge rehabilitation projects are planned for Floyd County. Those included are the bridge on Highway 411 over Highway 27 at the Ledbetter Interchange and the bridge over Little Cedar Creek in Cave Spring. The project will see the overlay of the bridge deck, joint replacement, patching spalls, encasing piles, epoxy injection of cracks, and painting beams.
A contract for rumble strip upgrades will also be done for various locations in Floyd, Chattooga, and Polk Counties.
Installation of rumble strips at various locations in Gordon and Bartow Counties will also be done.
The awards list also includes wrong-way driving safety enhancements on I-75 in Gordon and Bartow Counties.
There were 24 safety projects overall, representing 31%, or approximately $58 million, of the awarded funds. The largest of these projects, worth approximately $12.7 million, consists of guardrail upgrades at various locations on I-75/SR 401 in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Rockdale counties. It covers 39.7 miles along I-75, SR 3, and SR 38. Other safety projects include sign and pavement marking upgrades, installation of cable barriers, rumble strips and wrong way driving enhancements throughout the state.
Bridge construction and bridge rehabilitation projects accounted for 17% of the awarded funds.
Seventeen percent, or approximately $30.7 million, is for three construction projects. The most significant construction project will construct a new interchange on I-85/SR 403 at McGinnis Ferry Road (CR 5640). The project also includes the construction of a bridge and approaches over I-85/SR 403 in Gwinnett County.
The remaining 1% is a reconstruction project which includes Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) expansion including installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) and vehicle detection systems on I-185 from I-85 to SR 1/SR 520/US 27 in Harris, Muscogee and Troup counties.
The July awards bring the total construction contracts for Fiscal Year 2024 to $184 million. This total includes TIA, Design-Bid-Build, and locally administered projects. Fiscal Year 2024 began July 1, 2023.