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Commissioner’sMessage Turning the Tide By Vance Smith, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner he many individuals and organizations interested in advancing transportation should be very proud of what was accomplished in the recent session of the Georgia General Assembly. Local elected officials, civic organizations, the State Transportation Board, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House, the leaders and members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees and business groups like the Georgia Highway Contractors Association all came together for a common goal and a common need: more resources for our state’s transportation system. Given the current economy and the state’s stressed budget, I believe the legislature’s transportation accomplishments were a first step in the right direction. We now have an opportunity to begin reversing T decades of under-investment in Georgia’s transportation infrastructure. Legislation that stands out is House Bill 277, The Transportation Investment Act of 2010. Nothing, of course, is final yet. HB 277 requires Governor Perdue’s signature, the development of proposed project lists for 12 regions, and electoral approval of those plans in 2012. So there is still much to be done. All of us must work together to inform our citizens about the benefits of this new plan. Local communities will benefit, which in turn will benefit the entire state. We must not fail. We have to turn the tide on transportation spending in this state, and we must do it now. While April’s state revenue collections for transportation were somewhat improved, they remain well below the levels we saw in Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008. The Georgia DOT will soon award contracts for its final remaining American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus dollars. That $932 million and the approximate 300 projects it is funding have been a tremendous boost to the Department’s construction and maintenance programs and a lifeline to many of your companies. One of the goals of this Department is to find a way—by stretching our resources, value engineering our work, capitalizing on every available federal dollar, and relying on innovations such as Public Private Partnerships and design/build contracts— to bridge that gap between the end of the stimulus funds and what I hope will become the influx of HB 277 revenues. We must make certain that HB 277 revenue actually materializes. I ask that you join me in reaching out to our neighbors and fellow citizens to explain the importance of this measure to our great state’s future well-being. ● New GHCA Officers Confirmed, 41st GHCA President Named THE GEORGIA HIGHWAY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION (GHCA) is proud to announce the election of the following officers and board members for 2010 President - Michael G. Williams, Sunbelt Structures, Inc. Vice President - Richard Dykes, Everett Dykes Grassing Company Second Vice President - David E. Snell, ER Snell Contractor, Inc. Secretary - Q. William Hammack, Jr., CW Matthews Contracting Company, Inc. Treasurer - Max W. Carnes, Carnes Construction Company, Inc. Directors Lonnie Alexander – Alexander Contracting Company Michael Bell – CW Matthews Contracting Company Jerry Boutwell – H&H Insurance Company Mike Copeland – Tractor & Equipment Company Dan Garcia – Reeves Construction Company Dan Littlefield – Littlefield Construction Company J. Bruce Melton – Oxford Construction Company William Peek – Peek Pavement Marking L. Arnie Pittman – Pittman Construction Company Darrell Robinson – Robinson Paving Company E.S. Sanford, Jr. – Blount Sanford Construction Company Ferrell Scruggs, Jr. – The Scruggs Company W. Clyde Shepherd – Plant Improvement Company Donald Stewart, Jr. – Stewart Brothers, Inc. Robert White – Rogers Bridge Company Bud Wilfore – Yancey Brothers Ellis Wood – Ellis Wood Contracting This action was adopted unanimously by the members of the Georgia Highway Contractors Association at its 72nd Annual Convention meeting held this 1st day of May 2010, at The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. 8 | GEORGIA TRANSPORTATION BUILDER

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Transportation Builder - Summer 2010

Georgia Transportation Builder - Summer 2010
President’s Message
A Message from the Commissioner
Executive Director’s Message
Michael Williams Takes a Conservative Approach to Business Success
2010 GHCA Convention
2009 GPTQ Quality in Construction Awards
Transportation Legislation Passes Georgia’s General Assembly
News & Notes
Index to Advertisers

Georgia Transportation Builder - Summer 2010