Thursday, June 18, 2009

Johnson: Statement Regarding DOT Leadership

Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) made the following statement regarding Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain) being unanimously elected as Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner and Todd Long being appointed the Director of Planning for the GDOT. The planning director position was created by the General Assembly this spring with the passage of Senate Bill 200.

“I am pleased with the two professionals named today to lead Georgia's transportation planning and construction. Now we can proceed with the creation of a plan before the legislature meets again and finalizes a funding solution. This is one of our state's highest priorities.”

Governor Names Todd Long as DOT Planning Director

Position created by Senate Bill 200

Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that he is appointing Todd Long as the Director of Planning for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The position was created by the General Assembly this spring with the passage of Senate Bill 200.

“Todd’s qualifications and knowledge of the DOT planning process make him the perfect candidate to take on this new role,” said Governor Perdue. “I think all Georgians want a statewide transportation plan based on our needs that provides value for our tax dollars, and we are taking a big step in that direction today.”

Governor Perdue also congratulated State Rep. Vance Smith on his appointment today as DOT Commissioner.

“We have worked closely with Rep. Smith over the years, during his service as an Administration Floor Leader and as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee,” the Governor said. “I look forward to working closely with the new commissioner and the new planning director as we address the transportation needs across the state.”

Since August, Long has served as the director of all engineering, IT and business-related projects for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. Before that, he spent 18 years in various positions at the DOT, including serving as division director for the both the preconstruction and administration divisions. He spent seven years at the District One office in Gainesville, rising to the position of District Engineer, managing all DOT activities in Northeast Georgia. He is a registered professional engineer and a registered professional traffic operations engineer.

Long has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering – transportation, both from Georgia Tech. Todd lives in Lilburn with his wife Kelli and four children: Drew, Evan, Jack and Rachel.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Alton

Intersection of Hayes Rd and Rines Rd, closed for construction today; will advise when open.

Bibb: I-75 and I-475 Lane Closures Near Exit 155

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces nightly lane closures on Interstate 75 and Interstate 475 near Exit 155 (Hartley Bridge Road/CR 740) beginning Friday, June 19, through Thursday, July 2. The closures are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Interstate 75 North and Southbound Lane Closures
Friday, June 19, nightly through Thursday, July 2
Near mileposts 154-156
TIME: Sunday through Thursday; 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Friday through Saturday; 10 p.m. – 10 a.m.
1 right lane closed; 2 lanes remain open to traffic
For work beginning near Exit 155 (Hartley Bridge Road/CR 740)

Interstate 475 North and Southbound Lane Closures
Friday, June 19, nightly through Thursday, July 2
Near mileposts 0-1
TIME: Sunday through Thursday; 9 p.m. – 6 a.m.
Friday through Saturday; 10 p.m. – 10 a.m.
1 right lane closed; 2 lanes remain open to traffic
For work beginning near Exit 155 (Hartley Bridge Road/CR 740)

Motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis and are advised to use extra caution in construction work zones.

Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Governor Perdue Certifies $146 Million in Metro Atlanta Transportation Projects

List includes $25 million to help fund MARTA services

Today Governor Sonny Perdue announced that he has submitted the required “1511 Certification” on transportation projects in metro Atlanta that will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“These funds include much needed road widening projects, improvements in our intelligent transportation system and upgrades to traffic signals that will ease congestion,” said Governor Perdue. “It also includes $25 million to keep MARTA moving.”

Projects include widening of Eagles Landing Parkway in Henry County, improvements to 14th Street in downtown Atlanta improvements and additional lanes on State Route 20 in Gwinnett County. Governor Perdue submitted the certification as part of a June 12 letter to US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. In the letter, the Governor informed Secretary LaHood that more projects will be certified as the Georgia DOT and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) amend their TIPs to include additional projects.

For more information visit Georgia DOT’s stimulus website at www.dot.state.ga.us/gastimulus .

The list of projects:
County
Description
Total Funding
Bartow
SR 3/US 41 from Cobb County line to SR 293 Connector – median turn lanes
$20,507,550
Henry
Eagles Landing Parkway from CR 2417 to CS 867/Talon Place - GRTA
$33,561,203
Fulton
Fourteenth Street from West Peachtree Street to Piedmont Avenue - GRTA
$ 5,254,559
Fulton
Downtown Atlanta pedestrian corridor improvements - GRTA
$4,822,947
Fulton
Midtown Atlanta signal and intersection improvements, Phase II - GRTA
$1,280,812
Cobb
SR 3 Connector at SR 120 ALT - GRTA
$11,916,450
Cobb
SR 176/Lost Mtn at CR 809/Corner Road - GRTA
$ 1,747,506
Gwinnett
SR 20/Loganville Highway from Ozora Road to Brand Road - GRTA
$19,376,654
DeKalb
Deepdene Park in DeKalb County
$1,447,031
DeKalb, Rockdale
South River Trail - Phase III
$868,219
Fayette
CS 508/Lee Stree from CS 568/Williamsburg Way to SR 54
$723,516
Fulton
Fairlie-Poplar Historic District streetscapes in Atlanta
$723,516
Henry
Locust Grove Downtown streetscape - Phase II
$345,083
Paulding
Dallas Trailhead in Paulding County
$723,516
Cobb
SR 176/Mars Hill Road at CR 784/Hadaway Road - GRTA
$1,775,878
Cobb
SR 176/Mars Hill Road at CR 55/Mars Hill Church Road - GRTA
$1,038,609
Clayton, Henry
SR 138 at 12 locations - upgrade traffic signals
$1,619,546
Clayton, DeKalb
I-675 ATMS/communications/surveillance from I-75/Henry to I-285 DeKalb
$8,485,391
Fulton
CR 85/Kimball Bridge Road at Big Creek, two miles southeast of Alpharetta
$4,750,355
ARC Region
MARTA preventative maintenance
$25,000,000
GRAND TOTAL
$145,968,340

Coweta: State Route 16 Bridge Closed Over I-85 Temporarily

WHAT: The SR 16 Bridge over Interstate 85 will be temporarily closed in order for crews to remove and replace the bridge decking.

WHEN: Monday, June 15, beginning at 5 a.m. continuously until 5 a.m., Sunday, June 21

WHERE: Interstate 85 at Exit 35(State Route 14/US 29)

Motorists traveling westbound will be detoured to US 29 into Newnan and then to Newnan Crossing Bypass, to Turkey Creek Road and back onto SR 16. This same detour route, in reverse, will be utilized for motorists traveling eastbound. Signed detour routes will be in place. Motorists are advised to anticipate delays and to avoid travel near the SR 16 Bridge over Interstate 85.

This is a WORK ZONE and extreme caution is required. Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert, and channel motorists through the area. Drivers should be aware that personnel and equipment will be operating in close proximity to travel lanes.

Henry: Lane Closure on I-75 at Flippen Road

WHEN: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 16

WHERE: Interstate 75 northbound near Flippen Road, 1 mile north of Exit 224 (Hudson Bridge Road)

WHAT: The Georgia Department of Transportation advises motorists on I-75 northbound of an upcoming lane closure north of Exit 224 near Flippen Road in Henry County. One right lane of three will be closed in order to repair a section of the lane. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and expect congestion as they travel through this construction work zone.

Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.

Coweta: I-85 Lane Closures Between Exits 51 and 56

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces daily lane closures on Interstate 85 between Exit 51 (State Route 154/McCollum-Sharpsburg Road) and Exit 56 (Collinsworth Road/CR 548) beginning Monday, June 15, through Sunday, June 21. The closures are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Interstate 85 Northbound Lane Closures
Monday, June 15, daily through Sunday, June 21
Near mileposts 52-55.5
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1 left lane closed; 2 lanes remain open to traffic
For work beginning near Exit 51 (State Route 154/McCollum-Sharpsburg Road)

Interstate 85 Southbound Lane Closures
Monday, June 15, daily through Sunday, June 21
Near mileposts 55.5-52
TIME: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1 left lane closed; 2 lanes remain open to traffic
For work beginning near Exit 56 (Collinsworth Road/CR 548)

The scheduled completion date for this project is December 31, 2009. Motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis and are advised to use extra caution in construction work zones.

Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Coweta: Lane Closures on US 29 and Near Exit 41 on I-85

The Georgia Department of Transportation announces lane closures on US 29 near Interstate 85 and Exit 41(State Route 14/US 27 Alt) beginning Monday, June 8, through Friday, June 12. The closures are subject to change based on weather conditions.

Interstate 85 North and Southbound Lane Closures
Monday, June 8
Near mileposts 41 – 43
TIME: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1 left lane closed; 1 lane remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 41 (State Route 14/US 27 Alt)

Interstate 85 North and Southbound Lane Closures
Thursday, June 11
Near mileposts 41 – 43
TIME: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1 right lane closed; 1 lane remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 41 (State Route 14/US 27 Alt)

Interstate 85 Southbound Lane Closures
Thursday, June 11
Near mileposts 48 – 46
TIME: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1 right lane closed; 1 lane remains open to traffic, for work near Exit 47 (State Route 34)

US 29 at I-85 (Exit 35) East and Westbound Lane Closures
Wednesday, June 10, nightly through Friday, June 12
Near mileposts 10 - 11
TIME: 7 p.m. – 7 a.m.
1 right and left lane closed; 1 remains open to traffic in both directions

The scheduled completion date for this project is December 31, 2009. Motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis and are advised to use extra caution in construction work zones.

Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.
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Coweta: State Route 16 Bridge Closed Over I-85 Temporarily

The SR 16 Bridge over Interstate 85 will be temporarily closed in order for crews to remove and replace the bridge decking.

Monday, June 15, beginning at 5 a.m. continuously until 5 a.m., Sunday, June 21

Interstate 85 at Exit 35(State Route 14/US 29)

Motorists traveling westbound will be detoured to US 29 into Newnan and then to Newnan Crossing Bypass, to Turkey Creek Road and back onto SR 16. This same detour route, in reverse, will be utilized for motorists traveling eastbound. Signed detour routes will be in place. Motorists are advised to anticipate delays and to avoid travel near the SR 16 Bridge over Interstate 85.

This is a WORK ZONE and extreme caution is required. Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert, and channel motorists through the area. Drivers should be aware that personnel and equipment will be operating in close proximity to travel lanes.
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GA DOT Reveals Plans to Replace Bridge Over Troublesom Creek in Spalding County

A public information meeting to discuss the Georgia DOT’s proposed plans to replace the bridge located on CR 508/Jordan Hill Road over Troublesome Creek in Spalding County is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

This open house format meeting will be held at Jordan Hill Elementary School, located at 75 Jordan Hill Road, Griffin, Ga. There will be no formal presentation.

Any residents interested in learning more about the proposed project and detour are encouraged to attend the meeting and express their thoughts and concerns.

"We are eager to hear the viewpoints and concerns of all area residents," said Thomas Howell, Georgia DOT district engineer in Thomaston. "The Georgia DOT encourages all interested parties to provide their inputs for this project."

“Public involvement is a critical element in the Georgia DOT road planning process and it can make a big difference in the development of projects,” explained Howell. “The Georgia DOT strongly believes that since its road projects are intended to serve the people, the ideas and preferences of these people are important.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia’s economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. For general information on the Georgia DOT, please visit our Web site (www.dot.ga.gov).
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Discover Mills Park & Ride to be Expanded

Another 258 parking spaces will be added to the Park & Ride lot on North Brown Road to accommodate an increasing number of transit riders, carpoolers and vanpoolers. The addition will bring the total number of spaces to 814. Gwinnett Transit alone has averaged 684 daily boardings at the lot during the first four months of this year.

Gwinnett Transportation Director Brian Allen said federal and state funds would pay 90 percent of the $397,197 project cost. The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a contract for the expansion and refurbishment work to the lowest of 14 bidders, Sunbelt Asphalt, Inc.

The lot, located between Sugarloaf Parkway and SR-120 across from Discover Mills Mall, serves Gwinnett Transit’s Route 103 express service to downtown Atlanta as well as local routes 40 to Lawrenceville and 50 to the Mall of Georgia and Buford area.

“This improvement will remove a major headache for commuters who lately have had to wonder if they would find a parking place in this Park & Ride lot,” said Allen.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Butts: Ramp Lane Closures Northbound and Southbound at Exit 201 (SR36) on I-75

WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, daily through 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 10

WHERE: Interstate 75 southbound and northbound at Exit 201 (State Route 36)

WHAT: The Georgia DOT has scheduled a single lane closure on Tuesday, June 9 for the southbound off-ramp at Exit 201, to repair and replace concrete slabs. Crews will be working on the northbound on-ramp the following day, June 10. Motorists are advised to anticipate delays.

This is a WORK ZONE and extreme caution is required. Speed limits have been reduced and will be strictly enforced. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert, and channel motorists through the area. Drivers should be aware that personnel and equipment will be operating in close proximity to travel lanes.