Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $176 million contract to Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., to build managed toll lanes along I-75 between State Route 155/McDonough Road and State Route 138/Stockbridge Highway in Henry and Clayton counties.
Initial work is likely to begin later this year and the lanes are projected to be open to traffic by the end of 2016. Two lanes will be added in the center median of I-75 from State Route 138 in south Clayton to just north of State Route 20 and one reversible lane, also in the center median, will extend from that point to State Route 155 in Henry.
The lanes will be barrier-separated and reversible – carrying traffic northbound in the mornings and southbound in afternoons and evenings. In addition to State Routes 155 and 138, the Express Lanes will be accessible at Interstate Highway 675, near State Route 20, and at Jonesboro Road. The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) is partnering with Georgia DOT on the project. Motorists will be able to utilize the I-75 lanes and other managed lanes system roadways by choosing to participate in SRTA’s Peach Pass program which uses remote transponders to assess variable-rate tolls based on traffic volumes.
The I-75 Express Lane project is just one of 21 new initiatives announced on Monday by Georgia DOT. They represent a combined investment of $288 million in the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Among the other major new projects, C.W. Matthews will also reconstruct the I-75 interchange with State Route 156 in Gordon County for $25.1 million. This project is scheduled to be completed by May 31, 2016.
For more detailed information on the projects, visit the Department’s June bid awards at https://www.bidx.com/ga/letting?lettingid=13062101.