GDOT Awards $27 Million in SW Georgia Construction Project Contracts

| March 11, 2016

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TIFTON, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded $27 million in contracts for southwest Georgia projects that include Interstate 75 resurfacing and interstate overpass preservation to help extend the life of 15 bridges.

The projects were advertised for bids in February and awarded in early March. Statewide, GDOT awarded 35 contracts for construction projects totaling $88.5 million.

Southwest Georgia claimed the largest transportation investment in the February awards with 18.8 miles of resurfacing on I-75 valued at $19.8 million. The project begins south of Southwell Boulevard in Tift County and ends south of state Route 32/Jefferson Davis Highway in Turner County. The contract was awarded to Reames and Son Construction Co. Inc. of Valdosta. The completion date is January 31, 2017.

Another project is aimed at preserving I-75 overpasses in Lowndes, Cook and Tift counties. The work will consist of co-polymer overlaying bridge decks and replacing joint material. A bridge deck expands in heat and contracts in the cold and those temperature changes that can cause cracks to form on the surface. Traffic, especially heavy trucks, can also stress the deck. The overlay helps protect the deck from water damage and provides a non-skid surface that withstands continuous heavy traffic and extreme changes in weather conditions. Expansion joints allow the bridge to move and flex with changing traffic and weather conditions. The $1.3 million contract was awarded to RAM Construction Services of Michigan Inc. The scheduled completion date is Jan. 31, 2017.

Other improvements coming to southwest Georgia roads are:

A maintenance project to resurface 20.8 miles on U.S. 82/SR 50 beginning at SR 1 Business in Randolph County and ending at U.S. 82/SR 520 in Terrell County. Oxford Construction Co. of Albany was awarded the $4.57 million project and the scheduled completion date is Jan. 31, 2017.

A safety project to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes at the intersection of U.S. 319/SR 35 at Indian Lake Drive in Colquitt County. Eight crashes at the location were reported to Georgia DOT from 2011 through 2013. The $1.48 million project includes turn lane improvements. Oxford Construction Co. of Albany was awarded the contract and the scheduled completion date is Dec. 31, 2016.

After a contract has been awarded, required paperwork must be completed before a contractor can proceed with a project. Information on schedules, lane closures and detours will be made available in advance of construction activities. Details on awarded projects from the February letting can be found through the link at www.bidx.com/ga/letting?lettingid=16021901. Click on Award Announcement in the box titled Downloads on the right side of the page.
The majority of the locally-awarded contracts are for capital maintenance projects. In addition, Georgia DOT has issued a request for contractors to qualify to bid on 16 categories of routine maintenance activities across the state. The categories include fencing installation and repairs; vegetation removal, tree cutting and landscape maintenance; pavement preservation; pipe replacement; and joint repair of bridge structures. The requirements for prequalification to bid are at the Georgia Procurement Registry, which can be accessed from the www.GAroads.org webpage.

“We want all contractors including small, minority, veteran and women-owned businesses to know that we are open for business,” said GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “We are ramping up for extremely busy construction seasons this and in future years – all as a result of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. We need our contracting partners to perform routine maintenance activities; repair and replace our bridge structures; and provide safety improvements.”

For information about the Transportation Funding Act and future project investments, visit www.GAroads.org.

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