Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall/Winter 2011 - (Page 5)

Commissioner’sMessage Innovation Brings Improvement, Partnerships Make it Possible By Keith Golden, P.E., Georgia DOT Commissioner Some proposed projects include road resurfacing, widening and realignments, turning and passing lanes, interchange improvements, park and ride lots, bridge repair, reconstruction and replacement, traffic signals, truck routes, school access roads, bypasses, airport improvements, bikeways, sidewalks, roundabouts and more, and also provides for the return of funds directly to participating cities and counties for local projects. These potential projects, along with the department’s regular federal program, should expand the number of projects for Georgia’s contractors and consultants. The reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU through next March allows the department to let projects on a consistent basis knowing the funds will be available. Georgia faces more than $65 billion in transportation needs over the next 20-30 years. These projects are needed to continue attracting businesses and people to our state. Working with our contracting partners, we plan to successfully deliver projects to improve, preserve and expand our transportation system. I nfrastructure is one of Georgia’s greatest assets, and investing in repair and preservation of that infrastructure as well as congestion relief and safety are important components of the state’s transportation plan. Working with our consulting and contracting partners, we are addressing our transportation challenges through strategic and innovative programs. Safety Improvements Contribute to Decline in State Roadway Fatalities We are committed to designing and building projects to meet or exceed federal guidelines, and we consistently seek ways to make roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan includes the installation of cable barriers, better data reporting and analysis, improved intersection design and the addition of new technologies as well as an increased focus on affordable engineering solutions, seatbelt usage, motorcycle safety and enforcement. The department’s contractors have successfully built and installed new safety features on projects throughout the state, and the benefi ts of these efforts are being seen each day. An example is the use of raised medians, which reduces accidents by 50 percent and dramatically reduces head-on collisions. Incidents involving pedestrians are typically slashed by 80 percent on urban roads with medians. Continued on page 17 Funding Needs and the Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2010 We are all familiar with the potential impact of the TIA passed by the Georgia Legislature as House Bill 277 – Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2010 – as a means to address the state’s declining infrastructure, increasing demands for new capacity and the need to do more with less funding. Passage of the TIA project lists would give highway contractors in Georgia a great opportunity to bid on new projects that may have been impossible or at least years down the road to receive any funding. The department’s contractors have successfully built and installed new safety features on projects throughout the state, and the benefits of these efforts are being seen each day. FALL/WINTER 2011 GEORGIA TRANSPORTATION BUILDER | 5 http://www.naylornetwork.com/ghc-nxt/

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

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