Gresham Smith Selected for Roadway Safety Improvement Project in Georgia

September 9, 2020

Gresham Smith is proud to be selected by Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) as the lead designer in improving safe travel operations along a rural arterial road in the city of Bainbridge in Decatur County.

The state-funded $18 million budget project will begin at State Route 1 from Bethel Road to Whigham Road. The existing roadway is a 7-mile critical rural route. To meet the demand of a growing community and implement current GDOT design standards, the firm will be developing recommendations for improvements along the existing roadway and major intersections.

“We’re proud to continue our relationship with GDOT and meet the need of the residents and freight traffic in this area,” said Jody Braswell, P.E., Georgia state transportation leader at Gresham Smith. “We hope our innovative design ideas will improve safety and capacity to make travel along the corridor more efficient, while generating economic movement for the people and consumer goods of the Bainbridge community.”

With the main focus being safety, the firm will provide engineering services to improve the grade separated road system. This includes potential benefits at five interchanges and widening of bridges for expanded shoulders. In addition to designing roadway improvements, the design is anticipated to upgrade substandard guardrail, fences, clear zones, bridge widths and entrance and exit ramp lengths and locations. The project is projected to be in construction in 2025.

Gresham Smith’s transportation professionals deliver comprehensive management, planning, design, environmental, and construction phase services for highway, transit, aviation and rail facilities throughout the Southeast. The staff of engineers, planners and scientists capitalize on the firm’s diverse blend of markets and disciplines to offer a truly integrated and sustainable approach that considers all perspectives and offers practical, forward-thinking solutions.