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  • Two major Coastal Georgia mobility proj-ects a long-anticipated new Back RiverBridge between Savannah and SouthCarolina and the widening of a portion of theGolden Isles Parkway at Brunswick along with $15 million of interstate highwayresurfacings in northwest Georgia areamong 19 infrastructure improvement proj-ects announced April 5 by the GeorgiaDepartment of Transportation. The Back River Bridge project on the

    U.S. Highway 17/State Route 404 Spurcrossing from Hutchinson Island to SouthCarolina just north of Savannah willreplace the existing, narrow 59-year-oldspan with a significantly wider bridge fea-turing 8-ft. (2.4 m) shoulders in each direc-tion. Shoulder lanes will allow for fasterclearance of breakdowns and incidents,which now often require closing the entirebridge. Some 19,000 vehicles utilize thebridge each day and that number is expected

    to increase to as many as 35,000 in comingyears.The new structure will be built by Balfour

    Beatty Infrastructure Inc., of Fleming Island,Fla., at a cost of $14.4 million. Federal fundswill cover 80 percent of the projects cost;Georgia and South Carolina will proportion-ally share the remainder.The existing bridge will remain in service

    until the new structure opens, scheduled tooccur by January 2016.Among other new projects announced are: A $7.9 million widening and extension

    of 2 mi. (3.2 km) of the Golden IslesParkway/State Route 25 Spur just west ofInterstate Highway 95 at Brunswick fromone lane in each direction to two. PlantImprovement Co. Inc., of Brunswick, Ga.,will perform the work, which also includesreconstruction of the new routes intersec-

    tion with State Route 99. Constructionshould begin this summer and is scheduledfor completion in January 2015; Two contracts for resurfacing nearly 16

    mi. (25.7 km) of Interstate Highways 59 and24 in Dade County. Both jobs, valued at atotal of $14.8 million, will be done by C.W.Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., of Marietta,Ga. Work is to be complete on both by nextMarch; and A $1.1 million safety and mobility

    improvement project in Columbia County the construction of a roundabout at theintersection of Wrightsboro Road/StateRoute 223 and Appling-Harlem Road/U.S.Highway 221/State Route 47. PittmanConstruction Company, of Conyers, Ga., isthe contractor; completion is scheduled fornext March.

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    April 172013

    Vol. XV No. 8

    By Cindy Riley CEG CORRESPONDENT

    Two decades after it wasfirst envisioned, constructionhas finally begun on an $8million Senior LifeEnrichment Center inAlbany, Ga. The SouthwestGeorgia (SOWEGA)Council on Agings newfacility includes an educa-tional area, activity roomsand more than 60 officespaces and is being built atthe site of the former Byne MemorialBaptist Church property in DoughertyCounty.I am most looking forward to seeing

    people come to the Center, their reactionand excitement about the building and theopportunity to participate in all of theactivities, said Kay Hind, the Councilsexecutive director. Even though this willbe the completion of a dream, its also thebeginning of a new era in senior program-ming. Im excited about having the facili-ties to provide for the expansion of exist-ing services, as well as new and innovativeprograms.In 2008, Phoebe Putney Memorial

    Hospital donated $1.2 million worth of

    property for the organization to use as thesite of the planned Center, which involvesan adaptive reuse of a three-story schoolrenovated to accommodate the projectsneeds, along with an addition being con-structed on the front of the building. Site and building demolition is com-

    plete for the most part, and site under-ground storm, sanitary and water systemsare complete, said Jake Reese, projectmanager of general contractor LRAConstructors. The existing building inte-rior wall framing and mechanical, electri-cal and plumbing rough-in is roughly 80percent complete overall. Drywall isscheduled to start at the first floor mid-April. The new addition foundation, struc-

    Senior Center Work Starts

    New Falcons Home Near?ATLANTA (AP) The city

    of Atlantas economic devel-opment arm has voted toapprove issuing more than$200 million in bonds tohelp finance a new stadiumfor the Atlanta Falcons.WSB-TV reported that

    Invest Atlanta voted toapprove the bonds. One

    board member, Julian Bene,opposed the bonds, sayingthe stadium would createsurprisingly few jobs.Approval from Invest

    Atlanta sets in motion theprocess of preparing bondsto sell to investors andapproving various agree-ments between the city, theteam and the Georgia World

    Congress Center.The deal calls for city

    hotel-motel taxes to coverabout 20 percent of theexpected $1 billion con-struction costs.Negotiations to buy the

    land for the stadium justsouth of the existing GeorgiaDome are ongoing.

    Man lifts are being used by all trades, along withboom trucks at the exterior for steel erection.

    see SOWEGA page 6

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