Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Open in Metro Atlanta
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has officially announced completion of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes. The $834 million public-private partnership ($654 million construction value) was delivered by the Northwest Express Roadbuilders, a joint venture between managing partner Archer Western and Hubbard Construction.
Serving Metro Atlanta, the Northwest Corridor project adds 29.7 miles of reversible, managed express lanes along I-75/575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The largest road project in Georgia state history, the massive undertaking saw over 1.2 million cubic yards of excavation, 1.4 million square feet of sound wall installation, and over 328,000 square yards of new concrete paving.
The project also included the construction of 241 bridge columns, 219 spans, 68 retaining walls, 59 sound barrier walls and 40 bridges, as well as six new interchanges along I-75 and six new slip ramps along I-575.
As managing partner, Archer Western was responsible for overseeing utility relocation, earthwork, drainage, retaining walls, concrete and asphalt paving, steel and concrete girder bridges, ITS and tolling.
"I'd like to personally recognize Steve Hausler, vice president of Archer Western, his entire team, and the Hubbard team, for providing such a wonderful project to the citizens of Georgia," remarked GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, P.E. during the project's ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Express Lanes will offer more reliable travel times for drivers and transit riders, while enhancing the transportation infrastructure that supports economic development. GDOT estimates 16.9 million trips along the new express lanes every year, and State officials expect the tollway to allow an additional 370,000 commuters to access jobs throughout Metro Atlanta.