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PROJECT PROFILE: Shepherd Construction A By Rick Woelfel Bridge to Somewhere but in times like these we go anywhere and everywhere. We have been building a bridge on I-95 in South Georgia for the last 10 years.” The company’s latest endeavor is a project on State Route 324/Gravel Springs Road in Gwinnett County. A new four-lane bridge now spans busy Interstate 85, replacing an existing two-lane structure. The work is being in done in stages. The initial stage was completed in May. Weather permitting, the bridge project is slated for completion in late January 2012 and will cost an estimated $5 million. It is being funded with dollars the state received from the federal government as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The new structure is 466 feet long and 102 feet wide and features a 24-foot raised median. It’s intended to reduce traffic congestion in Gwinnett County, which is home to the Mall of Georgia in Buford, among other things, and is historically one of the most congested regions in the metro Atlanta area. Company vice president Dan Marshall serves as superintendent in charge of field operations in North Georgia. Dennis Fleeman is the on-site superintendent in overseeing the project, while David Knowles and Jimmy Mullis are the two foremen handling the job. Casey Cagle is their liaison in the home office. “Constant communication between the field and the office helps head off any potential problems or paperwork issues that might arise,” Shepherd said, “and resolves them before they can create a work stoppage.” Contact with local officials in areas impacted by construction is essential as Shepherd Construction handles difficult I-85 endeavor ny bridge-construction effort presents its own set of challenges, but working around the rhythms of a major metropolitan area can be a particularly daunting task. The Shepherd Construction Company has been meeting that challenge for more than half a century. The company has been in the bridgeconstruction business since the mid-1950s. It’s headquartered in Atlanta, but also has an office in Savannah. And while Atlanta is home, in today’s economic climate, Shepherd Construction goes where the work is. “We work all over the state of Georgia,” said Jamie Shepherd, the company’s executive vice president, “but we do a fair percentage of work in and around metro Atlanta. In perfect conditions we try and get work around where our people live, 10 | GEORGIA TRANSPORTATION BUILDER A

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2011

President’s Message
Commissioner’s Message
Connecting the Banks
Done Fast, Done Right Matthews completes I-75 paving ahead of schedule
A Bridge to Somewhere
Protect The Bottom Line
Safety Stand Down Week
Index to Advertisers

Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2011