Georgia 400/I-285 Re-Construction Program Clears Major Hurdle
Highway Administration Rules No Major Environmental Impact
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) working with key stakeholders and partners, received notification from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the acceptance of both the Environmental Assessment FONSI (finding of no significant impact)
for the I-285/GA400 interchange reconstruction and for the Environmental Assessment Re-Evaluation FONSI for the companion collector-distributor (CD) lanes segment in May.
This environmental impact assessment clears the way for this project of statewide signficance to move ahead into the procurement phase, and ultimately the selection of the design-build-finance team. The reconfiguration of the I-285/GA400 interchange and CD lanes along the corridor, with a projected cost of $1.1 billion, will target one of metro Atlanta areas most heavily traveled commuting corridors. Each day, more than 400,000 vehicles travel through the interchange.
“This is an amazing win for our team to be able to obtain approved environmental documents in such a short time frame,” said Russell McMurry, GA DOT Commissioner
. “Working with our partners on the project and collaborating with FHWA to meet tight deadlines resulted in the success we have today, and I am confident that we will continue that positive trend as we move forward with the project.”
Currently, four teams are short listed to provide competitive bid packages highlighting innovation in design and construction aspects of the new interchange project. Proposals are due in September and the apparent awardee will be announced in December. The project is anticipated to open to traffic in 2020.
Yvonne Williams, President and CEO of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts
, noted the importance of the State’s largest project to the area. “We have a positive history of moving projects ahead by working with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Governor Deal on strategic transportation investments. Our PCIDs are proud to work with our federal, statewide and regional partners once again on innovative project delivery.”
The Central DeKalb and Fulton CIDs will be investing the first $10-million in hard construction costs incurred on this project.