Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2013 - (Page 10)
Bruce Melton and
Oxford Construction deftly executes TIA contract in Randolph County
By Jean Feingold
COSTS FOR TRANSPORTATION infrastructure needs in Georgia greatly exceed the
available funding. As cars have become
more energy efficient and people are
driving less, motor fuel tax collections
have dropped. In any case, fuel taxes can
be spent only on highways and bridges.
Other aggravating factors are inflation and
delayed maintenance, both increasing the
cost of repairs.
So the Georgia Legislature got creative.
The Transportation Investment Act of 2010
(TIA) divided the state into 12 regions.
If approved by voters, a 1 percent sales
tax would be imposed in that region for
10 years. Seventy-five percent of this revenue would pay for a list of specific projects developed pre-election by a panel of
local elected officials and administered by
the Georgia Department of Transportation
(GDOT). The remaining 25 percent would go
directly to local governments for local projects, including sidewalks, street repairs,
airports, road equipment or anything transportation related.
Voters in three regions said yes and
are seeing road improvements already. TIA
tax collections began in January 2013. As
of September 2013, GDOT had let 49 TIA
projects, of which 45 were resurfacing projects, said Mike Dover, GDOT TIA
Administrator. Three projects have been
completed, including two resurfacings and
a $160,000 right turn lane.
The most significant project started
so far is the widening of 8.3 miles of U.S.
27 south of Cuthbert in Randolph County
in the 16 county River Valley Region.
This highway grows from two lanes to
become a four-lane divided highway.
This will complete four-laning of this
road south of Columbus to the Florida
Beginning clearing and grading operations on the north end of the Randolph County U.S.
27 project. This picture shows the proposed work on the southbound lanes and preparation
for the new bridge that will go over the Georgia Southwestern Railroad tracks.
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border. The work is being done by Oxford
Founded in 1948 by brothers Charles and
Dixon Oxford with a $7,500 loan and a few
pieces of surplus World War II equipment,
Albany-based Oxford Construction Company
is now one of the largest highway/heavy
contractors in South Georgia. Oxford began
as a heavy earth moving and road construction company. Since then it has expanded
to offer a wide range of civil engineering
and construction services. This includes
clearing, earthwork, site preparation,
storm sewer, concrete curbs and flatwork,
base construction, aggregate production,
asphalt paving, grassing, erosion control
and concrete recycling. Their work includes
industrial, residential, private and public
construction projects throughout South
Georgia and North Florida. Oxford maintains a large fleet of modern, efficient
heavy equipment, including scrapers, dump
trucks, loaders, bulldozers, excavators and
pavers. GDOT is its largest client.
Oxford operates hot mix asphalt plants
in Albany, Bainbridge, Blakely and Lumpkin.
Its portable recycling plant supports asphalt
recycling operations as well as significant
concrete recycling operations. Oxford pioneered concrete recycling in South Georgia
during 1983 and was one of the first southern contractors to recycle concrete in a
large scale operation. The company recycled
over 1,000,000 tons of concrete from the
former Turner AFB to make way for the new
Miller Brewery in Albany.
With a staff of 240 professionals, Oxford
self-performs more than 92 percent of its
contracts. The company is known for its
excellent, long term employees, several
of whom worked there more than 50 years
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2013
View from GDOT: Every Decision We Make
President’s Message: Members in Voice and Action
Bruce Melton and Oxford Construction
A New Conversation
Evolving Our Infrastructure Financing
Index of Advertisers
Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2013