The Georgia Department of Transportation authorized contracts for 16 new infrastructure improvement projects across the state Friday. The largest project award was $27.8 million to resurface 22 miles of Interstate 75 in Bartow and Gordon counties.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says it has awarded $73.7 million in contracts for road improvements across the state. Among the projects: a new interchange on Interstate 75 south of Calhoun in Gordon County, replacing the Broad Avenue Bridge in Albany, and widening two miles of S.R. 347 near Lake Lanier in Hall County.
Gov. Nathan Deal is appointing a political adviser as Georgia's transportation planning director. Toby Carr will have a key role in deciding which projects get funded with the state's $2 billion annual gas tax budget.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is warning drivers in South Georgia to look out for roads obscured by smoke from a wildfire burning in northern Florida. DOT officials said smoke from the large fire is expected to push into parts of southern Georgia through this weekend.
The Department of Transportation has spent about $50,000 combating the elements statewide this year, mostly in northeast Georgia. That compares to nearly $2.6 million last winter spent scraping away packed ice and snow in northeast Georgia alone.
A coalition that has raised concerns about a proposed connector between U.S. 411 and Interstate 75 in Bartow County says the habitat of a protected flower could be negatively affected by the planned route.
Georgia officials said planning continues for optional toll lanes on interstates 75 and 575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties north of Atlanta, even though the state Department of Transportation had canceled bidding for the project last month.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the state Department of Transportation reported there were 1,244 highway deaths in Georgia in 2010. That’s a drop of nearly 4 percent and continues a five-year slide.
Federal officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation and a Tennessee construction company have agreed to pay one of the largest fines in the history of the federal Clean Water Act. The fine settles possible violations during highway expansion projects. U-S Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials say, the Tennesse company and the Georgia agency will pay $1.5 million in penalties and spend $1.3 million more to resolve environmental issues.
The state has certified Dobbins Mountain in northeast Georgia as a wildlife refuge. People opposing a plan to cut a highway through the land hope this will force the state Department of Transportation to abandon the route.