QUITMAN – A road widening and reconstruction project in Brooks County is one of the largest of 31 contracts awarded by the Georgia Department of Transportation totaling more than $146.6 million.

The projects were advertised for bids in March and awarded April 1.

The Brooks County project involves 5.6 miles on Ga. 133 and is valued at $26.7 million. The project begins at Pauline Church Road and extends to Old Quitman Road. The contractor is the Scruggs Company of Hahira. The completion date is Oct. 31, 2018.

The only larger project, in Coffee County, includes 2.7 miles on Ga. 135 and is valued at $31.2 million. The project begins at U.S. 441/Ga. 31 and extends to Ga. 32, and includes construction of a bridge over CSX Railroad and Iron Road. The contract was awarded to East Coast Asphalt, LLC, of Douglas, with a completion date of May 31, 2020.

Other awards include:

• A widening and construction project in Forsyth and Hall counties in northern Georgia to widen and realign .7 miles of SR 53 from north of Dogwood Path to north of the Chestatee River, and includes construction of a bridge and approaches over the river. The project, valued at $19.9 million, is funded from bridge bonds appropriated by the state legislature in their 2015 session.

• Twenty-two resurfacing projects across Georgia valued at more than $58 million. These include Transportation Investment Act resurfacing projects, valued at $390,000, at various locations in Dodge, Laurens and Wilcox counties in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha region.

• Construction of a bridge in Glascock County.

• Drainage improvements in Charlton County, and projects that address safety, including construction of roundabout in Walton County; intersection improvements in Newton County; and traffic signing and pavement marking upgrades in Brantley and Pierce counties.

In addition to awarded projects, the Georgia DOT announced upgrades to the www.GAroads.org webpage to help contractors qualify for routine maintenance contracting opportunities as a result of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015. The webpage offers guidance for the routine maintenance contractor qualification process, including the routine maintenance pre-qualification guide, becoming qualified, registering as a bidder, submitting a bid, tutorials, FAQs and more.

Terry Richards is senior reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times.

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