GDOT Board Selects Contractors for I-285, I-20 East Interchange Overhaul

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ATLANTE –The State Transportation Board on Thursday, April 21, signed a $685.5 million plan to redesign the Interstate 285 and 20 east of Atlanta interchange.
The board voted to enter negotiations with one of three road construction consortia selected from a shortlist of competitors to build the project. Construction is expected to begin mid-next year and be completed by the end of 2026.
The East Interchange Builders consortium scored the best in the competition, both technically and financially, for its proposal, Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) chief engineer Meg Pirkle told board members. administration. The main partners are Archer Western Construction and ER Snell, two of Georgia’s leading highway contractors.
The frequently congested interchange on the east side of Metro Atlanta’s Perimeter Freeway in DeKalb County was ranked the nation’s 25th-largest bottleneck last year.
The redesign will include the reconstruction of ramps to create more direct alignments, the addition of new collector-distributor and auxiliary roads, the replacement of several bridges and the erection of new noise barriers.
The work will be done under a design-build-finance contract, the same model that was used to build the Northwest Corridor toll lanes along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties and in the redesign of the I-285/Georgia 400 Interchange, which is still under construction.
“We received three terrific responses,” said Kevin Abel, board member and chair of the steering committee that oversaw the competition. “This is an excellent purchase that we hope to repeat for future purchases even more massive [the DOT] will grow in the next couple of years.”

Under the design-build-finance contract model, the State Road and Tollway Authority will finance the project, while the DOT will manage the work.

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