Transit benefits also abound in express lanes, with bus commuters enjoying a leisurely ride and more-reliable trip times. The SR 400 Express Lanes will include infrastructure supporting Bus Rapid Transit, which can be described as a “train on rubber tires”. GDOT is committed to working closely with our fellow agencies including SRTA, The ATL and other transit partners to realize these transit benefits for commuters.
A number of other transformative projects are in development or under construction statewide to improve the functionality and safety of our roads and bridges. The Transform 285/400 Interchange project, currently under construction, will greatly enhance safety at this interchange, through which 400,000 vehicles pass daily. The interchange of interstates 16 and 75 in Macon is currently undergoing a massive construction project to greatly improve mobility, a benefit that will resonate statewide. And Georgia’s Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) consists of 11 initial major projects. Last year, construction began on the first MMIP project, the widening of I-85 which will improve personal and freight mobility in Barrow, Gwinnett and Jackson counties. Construction is also expected to start on two other major mobility projects in southeast Georgia - the widening of I-16 and reconstruction of the I-16/I-95 interchange near Savannah to address the increase in freight traffic.
With Georgia’s population expected to grow by 4.6 million over the next two decades, we will continue to work diligently to maintain and improve our rankings. A long-term federal funding commitment to infrastructure is vital if Georgia is to continue making strides in deploying innovation and the most effective transportation solutions to keep Georgia moving.
In terms of transportation infrastructure, GDOT aims to be the best in the nation. With the ongoing support of local and state officials and the federal government, we will most certainly get there.
Russell R. McMurry, P.E., is commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation.