First Construction Contract Awarded to Talmadge Bridge Project in Georgia

Jan. 5, 2024
The project is expected to take two-and-a-half to three years to complete

An approximately $6.6 million contract has been awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) in a plan to replace the cables on the Talmadge Bridge to potentially raise it to accomodate larger ships.

The contract went to Kiewit Infrastucture South Co., which will work with project designer Parsons Transportation Group to provide recommendations through the preconstruction phase of the project.

Preconstruction will begin during the first quarter of this year. Construction is set to start in early 2025.

The project is GDOT’s first Construction Management/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract, a nontraditional model that accelerates the delivery of much-needed transportation improvements by getting the contractor involved as the project is being designed.

“Our first CM/GC procurement was successful, with three finalist teams and a competitive process leading to an extremely strong team selected for this first-of-its-kind project,” said Andrew Hoenig, GDOT’s construction program manager for projects built through public-private partnerships.

The State Transportation Board approved using the CM/GC procurement method last year, then brought on Parsons Transportation Group in August.

In addition to structural improvements to the cable-stayed bridge across the Savannah River, the contractor will explore shortening the cables to provide additional vertical clearance for ships moving into and out of the Port of Savannah’s terminals directly upstream.

The project is expected to take two-and-a-half to three years to complete.

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Source: The Telegraph