Design-build team selected for phase 2 of I-85 widening in Georgia

Final design is anticipated to begin late 2020, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2021

May 12, 2020 / 1 minute
C.W. Matthews is currently working on the I-85 Widening, Phase 1 project
C.W. Matthews is currently working on the I-85 Widening, Phase 1 project. Photo taken June 2019.

The Georgia DOT (GDOT) announced the design-build team for the I-85 Widening, Phase 2 corridor improvements, one of the state's Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) projects.

Digitally sealed price proposals from three proposers were opened Friday using a virtual event, with C.W. Matthews named the apparent successful proposer. GDOT used a best-value procurement method for the design-build project which evaluates both price and technical proposals.

“C.W. Matthews has developed a strong history of working with the department, and we are looking forward to working with them on the delivery of the I-85 Widening, Phase 2 project,” GDOT Design-Build Program Manager Andrew Hoenig said in a statement.

The I-85 Widening, Phase 2 corridor improvements will provide relief by widening I-85, north of metro Atlanta, from two to three lanes in both directions from S.R. 53 to just north of U.S. 129. Additional work on the project includes replacing one overpass bridge and six mainline bridges along I-85.

Final design is anticipated to begin late 2020, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2021.

C.W. Matthews is currently working on the I-85 Widening, Phase 1 project. With the I-85 Widening, Phase 1 project on target to open to traffic in mid-2020, GDOT is leveraging the success to advance Phase 2 of that corridor’s improvements. Advancing this project represents the department’s ability to progress projects forward when there is less or no right-of-way acquisitions and development that could be impacted through project design and construction. The I-85 Widening, Phase 2 project will be delivered and open to traffic four years ahead of the original MMIP schedule.

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SOURCE: Georgia DOT

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