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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

Georgia DOT invests $13.8 million on Bridges and Road Resurfacing in Northeast Georgia

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces five projects awarded in Northeast Georgia to improve mobility.

Dawson County’s State Route 9 Bridge over the Etowah River will be replaced by a wider bridge with 8 feet paved shoulders giving room for vehicles in distress or in a crash to move out of the travel lanes. The bridge was built in 1955. A detour will not be needed during construction. A traffic signal will direct traffic across the bridge throughout construction, one lane will be open at all times. The contract completion date is September 30, 2018 for $3,878.343.10 by Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan.

One contract was awarded for maintenance on two bridges. Both bridges will be painted, the driving surface will be repaired along with the beams, bearings and joints. The Elbert County SR 72 Bridge spans the Savannah River portion of Richard Russell Lake. The Hart County Bridge is the State Route 77 Spur Bridge over Cedar Creek. Work must be complete by October 31, 2016 at a cost of $3,438,887 by The L.C. Whitford Company of Alpharetta.

Three resurfacing projects totaling $6.6 million were awarded to Contractors. State Route 8/US 29/Crogan St/Winder Highway in Barrow and Gwinnett Counties from Stanley Court in Lawrenceville just into Barrow County. This 7.39 mile long project will be complete by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $2,902,175.40 by C.W. Matthews Contracting Company of Marietta.

Also in Gwinnett, State Route 13/Buford Highway from Old Peachtree/Rodgers Bridge Roads to State Route 20. This 9.3 mile long project will be complete by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $2,599,235.50 by E.R. Snell Contractor of Snellville.

White County will have State Route 75 Alternate from SR11/US 129 in Cleveland to SR 17/SR 75 in Helen resurfaced. The shoulders alongside SR 75 will be repaired improving safety by giving vehicles a recovery area at the same grade as the road if needed.  This 8.1 mile long project will be done by September 30, 2016 at a cost of $1,100,614.99 by Colditz Trucking Inc. of Blairsville.

Construction start dates have not been determined yet.

New Camper Cabins Open at Fort Yargo State Park

WINDER, GA,  —  One of Georgia’s most popular state parks, Fort Yargo, just opened 13 new camper cabins for overnight guests.  Located near Winder, the cabins feature two bedrooms, a sleeper sofa, one bath, a kitchen, television and screened porch. Outside, guests will find a picnic table and fire ring. Most of the cabins have views of the park’s sparkling lake.

New Camper Cabins Open at Fort Yargo State Park
New Camper Cabins Open at Fort Yargo State Park

Camper cabin guests bring their own kitchen utensils and linens; however, linen service is available for an additional fee.  Dogs are welcome in two of the camper cabins with advance reservations. Rates are $135, with an optional $30 linen fee and $45 pet fee. Reservations are accepted 13 months in advance by calling 1-800-864-7275 or going online at

Fort Yargo State Park is known for exceptional mountain bike trails, hiking, disc golf, a historic fort, fishing and other lake activities. The sandy beach is a popular spot to cool off during summer. To learn more about the park, visit or call 770-867-3489.