Qualifiers sought for I-85 bridge projects

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The search is on for a contractor to create the new diverging-diamond interchanges along Interstate 85.

Officials have issued a request for qualifications for contractors interested in the new designs planned for Pleasant Hill Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

The process is similar to the first considered for a privatization of the Gwinnett County Airport, locking in the potential bidders to only those who qualify, although the process was later rejected for the airport.

The pre-qualification application, which is due Feb. 7, states that officials expect to seek bids separately for the bridges in the first half of 2012.


Mack711 2 years, 2 months ago

Have seen this 'diamond ' apporach to traffic in other cities and it only makes traffic. In order to crossover you must stop on coming traffic and vice versa. A real headache espically if you are not expecting it. What a waste, but that is what the DOT does, HOT lanes are a great example. Bet they will use the SPLOST and advertise it heavily.


Award88 2 years, 2 months ago

Actually the idea is brilliant. Instead of requiring 6 different traffic operations during a single light cycle, there are only two. Which means 50% of the time you will be moving versus the current, depending on whether you are at an off ramp or going over the interstate or getting on to I-85, anywhere from being at a standstill between 50-75% of the time. Additionally, this improvement is made through a relatively low cost upgrade as opposed to completely rebuilding the interchange.


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