ATLANTA, GA. – Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden proudly announces the resurfacing project on State Route 400 from SR 306 north to SR 53 has received the 2014 Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality Award for the Smoothest Roadway Statewide.
“Of the 1,500 road construction projects underway across Georgia, our resurfacing project on State Route 400 from State Route 306 in Forsyth County to SR 53 in Dawson County earned the “smoothness” award for Asphaltic Concrete Open Graded Mixture in the State. Smoothness is a roadway characteristic measured by a laser mounted on the front of a vehicle. Smoothness is extremely important because the smoothness denotes a level and compact substructure that will last and offers the motorist a smooth ride, with no bumps, or cracks. A high smoothness rating means the road will last longer with less maintenance giving motorists a better ride without the cost and inconvenience of maintenance. Once the resurfacing was completed the smoothness improved on State Route 400 by 46%,” explained Brent Cook, District Engineer.
Kris Phillips, Georgia DOT Construction Project Engineer, worked diligently with C.W. Matthews Contracting, the project’s contractor, to ensure the project was completed to the highest possible standards. Cook continued, “This accomplishment is especially impressive because all of the work had to occur overnight to minimize the impact to the community. Every time we inconvenience motorists and spend taxpayer funds, we need to make sure our work is exacting and that is just what Kris and his team did.”
Resurfacing this 8.7 mile long section of SR 400 was completed by C.W. Matthews Contracting of Marietta at a cost of $3.2 million.
Kris Phillips began his career with Georgia DOT in 2008. He is a Construction Project Engineer from Braselton. Phillips earned a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering Degree from Tennessee Technological University. He is currently overseeing construction of the new State Route 284 Bridge over the Chattahoochee River portion of Lake Lanier at the Olympic Venue in Gainesville.