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Georgia DOT Awards Second Continuous Flow Intersection and Safety Projects in North Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga., —The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) has awarded 24 contracts for statewide transportation projects totaling $85,421,677. These projects were advertised in May, bids were received on June 16, and contracts were awarded on June 30 to the lowest qualified bidder.

This month the Department addresses off-system safety with 16 awards for signing and pavement marking upgrades at over 475 locations on local roads in communities throughout Georgia. The $7 million in funds associated with these awards are part of Georgia DOT’s FY 2017 Off-System Safety (OSS) Program, which focuses on low-cost safety improvements that are likely to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on “off-system” city and county routes.

“Fatalities on Georgia’s roads are up 33 percent in the last two years and over a third occur on local roads,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. said. “Reducing these fatalities requires a continued investment in safety enhancements. I am pleased that GDOT can assist local governments with funding for these critical projects through our Off-System Safety Program.”

An innovative continuous flow intersection (CFI)—Georgia’s second— is coming to Gwinnett County with intersection improvements on US 78/SR 10 at SR 124. The project will convert the existing signalized intersection to allow drivers to make left turns before the two roads cross. Relocating the left turn movement from the center of the intersection to the side reduces the potential for angle type crashes. In addition to reducing the frequency and severity of crashes, the CFI is expected to provide congestion relief and reduce travel delay.

The innovative CFI design saves taxpayer dollars and the capacity of this type of intersection rivals a full interstate-style interchange. The CFI also has a limited impact, as there are no ramps or overpasses constructed. Other CFIs are in development across Georgia.

The following projects centered around safety were also awarded to the northeast district.

  • Hall: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 7 locations.
  • Lumpkin: 4.88 miles of signing, pavement marking upgrades and shoulder rehabilitation on Old Dahlonega Hwy and Camp Wahsega Rd.

Elbert: Off-system signing and pavement marking upgrades at 32 locations.

Deal: Carcoustics to Create 200 Jobs in Gwinnett County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Carcoustics, a supplier to the automotive industry, will create 200 jobs and invest $6 million in a new Buford facility over the next five years. The newly created jobs will include positions in manufacturing.

“Georgia offers automotive industry suppliers such as Carcoustics the resources necessary to compete worldwide,” said Deal. “In choosing Georgia, Carcoustics will enjoy the benefits of a well-trained workforce, a thriving automotive industry and the nation’s top business environment. I’m proud to see yet another German company locate here in Georgia, as our efforts to build international relationships continue to yield positive results. I welcome Carcoustics to Georgia’s growing community of auto industry suppliers and wish them great success here.”

The international Carcoustics Group model brings together a central research center and a manufacturing structure that provides proximity to major markets, allowing the company to quickly make new products available worldwide.

“We are very happy to have found the location for our new plant in the South of U.S. here in Georgia,” said Stefan Vallentin, project manager at Carcoustics. “We have a great international transport connection here and are logistically well located between BMW in South Carolina and Mercedes in Alabama. There are many more potential customers such as Automotive Tier I/ Tier II, Volkswagen, Mercedes Vans and Volvo and Asian OEMs like Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai. This offers us new possibilities regarding the Carcoustics growth strategy, especially in the U.S.”

“We are proud to welcome such a noteworthy company as Carcoustics to Gwinnett County,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Nash. “They are joining a strong and growing base of international companies who have found Gwinnett to have the ideal mix of talent, resources and location. We look forward to Carcoustics’ continued success and growth in our community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Partnership Gwinnett, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.

“Carcoustics joins the list of international companies that recognize metro Atlanta’s prime location, rich resources and skilled talent pool,” said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We’re pleased to join our regional partners in welcoming the company to our thriving supply chain and automotive ecosystems.”

“We are excited about the continued economic development opportunities that are arising in Gwinnett County,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Carcoustics is joining a growing number of German automotive manufacturers who have found a home in Georgia, and we look forward to supporting their future growth.”

About Carcoustics

Carcoustics is an innovative, midsize company headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany. The company develops and produces solution-oriented acoustic and thermally effective components for the automotive industry. Carcoustics also offers the benefit of its expertise in a wide range of technologies to other industrial sectors and customized solutions are at the heart of its product portfolio. Carcoustics’ customers include major manufacturers of cars, trucks, domestic appliances, agricultural machinery and HVAC systems. For more information, visit

DNR Announces T-Shirt Art Winners for Youth Birding Competition

Four budding bird artists recently were selected as T-shirt Art Contest winners in Georgia’s 12th annual Youth Birding Competition, the state Department of Natural Resources announced today.

A blue jay drawing by Ava Wang, a 10th-grader at SKA Academy in Duluth, led all 248 contest entries. As grand-prize winner, the 16-year-old received a $100 Michaels gift card and will have her artwork featured on T-shirts at the Youth Birding Competition at the end of this month.

Blue jay drawing by Ava Wang, a 10th-grader at SKA Academy in Duluth

Art contest coordinator Linda May praised participants and stressed that the focus “isn’t just about art.”

“It’s about teaching kids to observe and connect with nature,” said May, environmental outreach coordinator for the DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section. “Birds are a great focus since they’re beautiful, fun to watch and easy to find.”

To encourage stewardship, awareness and appreciation of wildlife and their habitats are essential. This contest helps form that foundation through art.

The T-shirt Art Contest is part of the Youth Birding Competition, an annual event in which teams of children and teens try to find as many bird species as possible throughout Georgia in 24 hours. This year, the free bird-a-thon runs from 5 p.m. April 29 to 5 p.m. April 30, ending in a banquet at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield. Registration for the birding competition closed March 31.

Ava Wang’s art entry also placed first in the High School division. Other division art winners included:

  • Primary (pre-K through second grade): northern cardinal by Margaret Wang, 7, of Duluth.
  • Elementary (third-fifth grade): barn owl by Richard Lin, 10, of Duluth.
  • Middle School (sixth-eighth grade): blue jay by Sarah Tan, 13, of Duluth.

All division winners this year are students at SKA Academy of Art & Design, a testament to the school’s training and the students’ talent. Contest submissions represented 53 public, private and home schools statewide. Entries were judged by a three-person panel including a DNR biologist, an artist and a graphic designer. In this “blind” process, judges do not see a participant’s school or hometown.

Entries will be displayed and division winners honored during the awards banquet April 30 at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Photos are posted at in the “YBC T-shirt Art Contest” album.

The birding competition and T-shirt Art Contest are sponsored by DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section, The Environmental Resources Network Inc. or TERN – friends group of the Nongame Conservation Section – and others including the Georgia Ornithological Society and Atlanta Audubon Society.