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I-285/I-20 East Interchange Project Advances with Announcement of Developer Selection

ATLANTA, GA — The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) State Transportation Board approves selection of the Apparent Best Value Proposer for the I-285/I-20 East Interchange project, one of the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) projects. Georgia DOT used a best-value procurement method for the Design-Build-Finance project, which evaluates both price and technical proposals.

The developer, East Interchange Builders, is a team of two of the largest transportation contractors in Georgia — Archer Western Construction, LLC (AWC) and E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. (ERS) with Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering (ICE) as the lead designer. The Executive Summary of their proposal indicated the collective team has delivered over $1 billion in Georgia DOT projects employing over 2,000 local construction personnel and engineers, and has provided over $2 billion in private financing on ­public projects across the country.

“Every team gave an incredible effort throughout the lengthy and rigorous procurement process," said Georgia DOT’s P3 Division Director Joe Carpenter, PE. "We are proud of the outcome and of the bidding community who provided exceptional value to the department and in advancing this critical project forward."

The I-285/I-20 East Interchange will improve traffic flow and safety by constructing new ramps in the interchange, building new collector-distributor lanes, adding new auxiliary lanes, and constructing new bridges.

“This is an important milestone for the department to reach," said Georgia DOT Program Manager Matthew Fowler, PTP. "Selecting a team who will design, build, and finance this crucial project will enhance metro Atlanta mobility for our motorists and transit users."

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The project has been in development since 2018, beginning soon after the MMIP was announced. Stakeholder and public engagement has taken place including accepting official public comment on the project in 2019 and 2020. The developer team is anticipated to start construction in 2023.

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