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August 14, 2013ATLANTA The demolition of the Ga. 400 toll plaza is one step further, as the state has chosen a company to take down the tollbooths.
Southeastern Site Development, Inc., of Newnan, specializes in transportation, civil, site preparation, underground utilities and concrete flatwork projects. They will complete the nearly year-long project at a cost of $3.5 million.
"I acted as quickly as the state's contractual obligations allowed to bring down the Ga. 400 toll," said Gov. Nathan Deal, who serves as chair of the board of the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA). "I pledged during my campaign for governor that I'd bring down the toll as the state promised commuters it would do when it opened the toll more than two decades ago."
In July 2012, Deal announced that the state would pay off its bond debt and end tolls on Ga. 400 by December 2013. The ending date for toll collection has been tentatively set for Thursday, Nov. 21. This date was selected to lessen the impact on Thanksgiving holiday travel.
SRTA is funding the project costs, while the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will oversee construction and traffic management.
Southeastern could set up site operations as early as September.
Preliminary plans for demolition call for traffic to shift into three general purpose lanes where motorists currently use the electronic tolling lanes during construction.
Preparations for that lane shift will likely begin in October 2013. Toll booth demolition is expected to be completed between January 2014 and the following May.
The tolls on Ga. 400 generate roughly $20 million each year.
Editor, Milton Herald