Newnan firm awarded Ga. 400 contract

by Clay Neely

Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan last week was awarded the contract for the Ga. 400 toll booth demolition in north Atlanta.

The firm, which specializes in transportation, civil, site preparation, underground utilities and concrete flatwork projects, will complete the nearly year-long project at a cost of $3.5 million.

A total of eight firms submitted bids ranging from $3.5 million to $5.3 million. Southeastern submitted the lowest bid of $3,509,348.64.

Southeastern will determine the final construction timeline for the demolition of the toll booths, and other aspects of the project are still being finalized.

The ending date for toll collection has been tentatively set for Nov. 21, weather permitting. This date was selected to lessen the impact on Thanksgiving holiday travel. Southeastern could set up site operations as early as September.

The State Road & Tollway Authority is funding the project costs, while the Georgia Department of Transportation will oversee construction and traffic management.

“In the coming weeks, the Department will work with the selected contractor and with SRTA staff to make certain that when the toll plaza removal process begins later this year, it will not unduly impede traffic flow,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Keith Golden said.

In July 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the state would pay off its bond debt and end tolls on Ga. 400 by December 2013.

“This contract award marks another step in the fulfillment of Gov. Deal’s commitment to GA 400 motorists,” Golden said.

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