2013-07-17 / Front Page

Completion grows closer

One of final two US 27 projects funded

The Georgia DOT announced last week a $31 million contract has been awarded to widen a segment of U.S. 27 in Randolph County.

The project, a 7.8 mile stretch between Carnegie/Vilulah Roads and the Cuthbert bypass, is the first fully funded Transportation Investment Act project using TSPLOST monies. Oxford Construction Company will construct the project. Initial work is likely to begin later this year and the lanes will be open to traffic by the end of 2016. The project includes the widening of approximately nine miles on U.S. 27 in Randolph County to a four-lane divided highway. The project also includes a bridge replacement over the Georgia-Alabama Railroad.

“This project is going to provide that four-lane piece that is vitally needed in this area and on this important route that connects motorists to key locations from Indiana to south Florida,” State Transportation Board Chair Johnny Floyd stated. “Fortunately, the citizens of the region voted for the TIA program so we can complete this and many other needed projects in the years to come.”

Forty-six counties and their respective cities comprise the three regional districts that approved the TIA referendum last July. Cumulatively, they are expected to self-generate approximately $1.8 billion in new revenue dedicated to local transportation improvements.

Part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program, U.S. 27 plays an integral role in the system of economic development highways that will connect 95 percent of Georgia cities with populations of 2,500 or more to the Interstate Highway System.

The four-laning of U.S. 27 from Blakely to Bluffton, a $23.7 million project, was recently completed.

The lone remaining project, a 6.8 mile stretch between the Bluffton bypass and Carnegie/Vilulah Roads is also on Clay and Randolph county’s Regional DOT project list to be funded with TSPLOST monies. Right-of-way acquisition has been completed on both projects.

The 352-mile route, spanning west Georgia from Chattanooga to Florida has been completed south of Bluffton — including the Bluffton bypass — through Blakely, Colquitt and Bainbridge to the Florida line.

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