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State lawmakers announce three road projects in the area
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The legislative delegation from Bulloch, Candler and Effingham counties announced that three DOT projects were awarded to the district by the state Department of Transportation. The awards total $2.3 million and the projects will address safety improvements, plant resurfacing, shoulder rehabbing and signage upgrades. Sen. Jack Hill, Rep. Jan Tankersley, Rep. Jon Burns, Rep. Butch Parrish and Rep. Bill Hitchens made the announcement.

“The various projects will improve existing infrastructure, increase safety and enhance commute options for our citizens,” said Sen. Hill. “I look forward to working with the department on additional projects that will improve conditions on our roadways.”

“I am grateful that GDOT recognized the needs of our local community and awarded these projects,” said Rep. Tankersley. “I commend them for their hard work and for investing in our transportation infrastructure.”

“The infrastructure in our community has needed attention for a long period of time,” said Majority Leader Burns. “I am grateful GDOT recognized the need and awarded significant contracts to our region.”

“I am excited that several contracts were awarded to this region of the state,” said Rep. Parrish. “These projects will address improvements for existing state routes and increase safety for commuters.”

“These new projects will help to protect the safety of those travelling in and through our local community” said Rep. Hitchens. “With the rapid growth in our area, traffic congestion and traffic safety have become significant issues, and I certainly encourage and appreciate any and all improvements to our transportation system.”

The projects are part of the $171.3 million award announced by DOT for statewide construction projects. The total amount will spread across 55 projects around Georgia. Bids for the projects were advertised in May, the bids were received in June and contracts were awarded on July 1.
The first project will address guardrail replacement at 99 locations on I-16 from Griffin Ferry Road to Old River Road in Bulloch, Candler and Effingham counties. A total of $762,980 was awarded for this project.

The second project worth around $1.2 million will fund milling, plant mix resurfacing and shoulder rehab for a six-mile stretch on Highway 119 Conn from US 80/Highway 26 to Mudd Road (CR 588) in Bulloch County. Anticipated completion for both of these projects is May 31, 2017. Candler and Effingham counties received a total of $411,717 for signing and pavement marking upgrades at various locations. This project will be completed by Dec. 31, 2017.

Information on schedules, lane closures and detours will be made available in advance of construction activities on GDOT’s website.
Georgia DOT’s active summer construction season includes many of these projects.

For details about summer construction, visit