Category Archives: Jackson

Georgia DOT Selects the Apparent Best Proposer for I-85 Widening

The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) on Friday opened the sealed bids for the I-85 Widening project north of Atlanta, the first project let to bid as part of the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). The I-85 widening project will provide an additional general purpose lane in each direction from I-985 to north of SR 53 along the I-85 corridor. Additionally, the project will replace five bridges in the project limits.  The team of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering, PLLC is the apparent successful proposer for this important project.

The Department used a best-value, variable-scope procurement approach, incentivizing competition to provide the most lane miles of widening within a maximum budget. As a result, the team’s proposal for the design-build project includes a bid for an additional 4 miles of capacity beyond the base scope in both northbound and southbound directions at a cost of $114.8 million.

Once the proposal has been validated to ensure conformance requirements, the Department expects to officially confirm the C.W. Matthews and Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering team award in October 2017.

Construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2018. The C.W. Matthews team anticipates completion by fall of 2020.

“This variable-scope procurement method proved once again that we can gain additional value by promoting competition,” said Georgia DOT Public Private Partnership (P3) Director K. Joe Carpenter. “In addition to added scope, this process allows for multiple segments to open to traffic early, providing much-needed capacity along this busy corridor.”

The I-85 Widening project is one of eleven statewide projects under Georgia DOT’s MMIP that is advancing key mobility projects that will yield a significant reduction in congestion along key freight and passenger corridors, improving safety and mobility statewide.

For more information on Georgia DOT’s MMIP initiative, visit http://www.dot.ga.gov/BS/Projects/MMIP.

Deal: Amazon to Create More than 500 Jobs in Jackson County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Amazon will create more than 500 full-time jobs in the Braselton area. The 600,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Jackson County will be used for packing and shipping large items such as household décor, sporting equipment and gardening tools.

“Amazon’s decision to develop in Jackson County speaks to the strength and vitality of Georgia’s business-friendly environment,” said Deal. “We are thrilled that a global leader such as Amazon has chosen to expand its footprint here in Georgia. This project further bolsters Georgia’s reputation as the nation’s No. 1 state in which to do business.”

Amazon currently employs more than 1,500 full-time employees in Georgia and there are more than 70,000 authors, sellers and developers statewide growing their businesses and reaching new customers through Amazon.

“We are excited to expand in the state of Georgia and add a new fulfillment center to better serve our customers in the region,” said Akash Chauhan, vice president of Amazon’s North America operations. “This facility will create hundreds of new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one. From the local community to state leadership, we appreciate the tremendous support from elected officials for this project and we look forward to growing in the Peach State.”

Amazon customers will be able to support nearly 28,000 charitable organizations with operations in Georgia by shopping on smile.amazon.com, where they can designate a portion of their purchase price to their favorite charities through the company’s AmazonSmile program.

“We are excited that Amazon has chosen to locate in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Commission Chairman Tom Crow. “Amazon’s investment in Jackson County is not only an investment in our workforce but will create a partnership with our community, positively impacting us for years to come.”

“Braselton is delighted to welcome Amazon to the town,” said City of Braselton Mayor Bill Orr. “We have an outstanding corporate citizenship and Amazon is a great addition and fit for our community. Our town looks forward to partnering with Amazon and its employees.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Logistics, Energy, Agribusiness & Food Team director Brittany Holtzclaw represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project in partnership with the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Industrial Development Authority.

“Collaborating with one of the world’s most recognizable global brands as they grow their presence in Georgia is very exciting,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are thrilled Amazon made the decision to locate their new fulfillment center in Jackson County, and we look forward to working with them as they continue to impact the world from their Georgia operations.”

Opportunities at Amazon

Amazon has more than 245,200 full-time employees worldwide and sells a range of products and services on its website. Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards starting on day one, as well as generous maternity and parental leave benefits. Amazon also offers employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company pays 95 percent of employees’ tuition costs for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Learn more about job opportunities with Amazon here.

Georgia DOT invests $2 million in Jackson and Clarke Counties

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces projects awarded in Jackson and Clarke Counties.

The Jackson County work is a Safe Routes to School project in the City of Jefferson. The one mile long project will build sidewalks on Old Pendergrass Road from Fountainhead Drive to Hoschton Street connecting the driveway of the Jefferson Public Library to the driveway for Jefferson Academy and Jefferson Middle School. The $967,707 contract was awarded to Matriarch Construction Inc. of Tyrone, Georgia with a contract completion date of August 31, 2016.

The Athens Clarke project resurfaces SR 10/US 78/Lexington Highway from Gaines School Road to the Oglethorpe County Line. This 5.5 mile long project was awarded to C.W. Matthews Contracting Company of Marietta for $1.7 million. The contract completion date is August 31, 2016.

Construction start dates have not been determined yet.