Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2013 - (Page 10)

Bruce Melton and Oxford Construction 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. 10 | GEORGIA TRANSPORTATION BUILDER border. The work is being done by Oxford Construction Company. The Contractor 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 before retiring.

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