GDOT awards $30.9 million for I-85 projects

Published 5:15 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that it had awarded contracts for a number of road resurfacing projects, including one for 25.9 miles of roadway and shoulder on I-85 from the Alabama State Line to Georgia 219.

The contract was awarded to C. W. Matthews Contracting Company for $30.9 million and is expected to begin construction when the weather is warmer and drier than it has been so far this year.

“We are anticipating starting around the beginning of April,” said Penny Brooks, communications officer with GDOT’s third district. “It will be the beginning of spring.”

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Brooks said that announcements regarding any lane closures will be made closer to when the project begins.

According to a GDOT press release, the I-85 resurfacing project, which passes through Harris and Troup County, is the single largest investment of 16 total construction projects contracted statewide in December for a total of $79,665,278.

Brooks said that the section of Interstate 85 that passes through the state is important to GDOT because so many people enter Georgia using at that point.

The project is expected to be complete by November 2019.

GDOT has also recently installed cable barriers on Interstate 85. Brooks said the barriers are a safety measure that GDOT has found both more cost-efficient and better at absorbing the impact of vehicles than concrete barriers that have been used in the past.