The DOT has let a few contracts – 18 to be exact – including a diverging diamond interchange at the 285 Ashford-Dunwoody interchange. DOT Chairman Vance Smith is excited.
“We think this is going to be something that, once motorists become accustomed to, they will really embrace,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr., said. “We believe DDIs are going to enable us to make meaningful, relatively inexpensive, improvements at clogged interchanges without having to expend huge amounts of money and time rebuilding the entire structures. We can do DDIs faster and cheaper. And where they have been done, crashes have declined and traffic movement across interchange bridges has improved markedly.”
The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCID) and DeKalb County provided funding for project design work. PCID President/CEO Yvonne Williams said the work is critical to the busy area’s economy. “And this economic health is important not only to our businesses, but also to local and state governments that depend on the tax revenues generated in the Perimeter area,” she noted.
The $4.6 million reconfiguration – to be done by E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc., of Snellville – was one of 18 projects awarded by the Department, totaling more than $34 million. Also awarded were:
A $4.7 million contract to resurface 11 miles of U.S. Highway 41 in Cobb County from Barrett Parkway to the Bartow County line; to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc., of Marietta;
A $3 million resurfacing of 18 miles of State Route 30 in Marion and Sumter counties; to Reeves Construction Company, of Macon; and,
$2.2 million for the construction of a new bridge on U.S. Highway 1/State Route 4 over Swift Creek in Toombs County.
Descriptions of all the projects can be found here.