Bids for I-75 toll project south of Atlanta come in sky high - CBS46 News

Bids for I-75 toll project south of Atlanta come in sky high

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Bids sky high for I-75 toll project south of Atlanta Bids sky high for I-75 toll project south of Atlanta
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Georgia Department of Transportation confirmed that the bids for the I-75 toll lane project south of Atlanta are $26 million higher than first expected.

The agency originally estimated the cost of the project at $150 million.  Bids place the cost at $176 million.

The lanes would be built in southern Clayton and northern Henry counties.  Unlike the High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes along Interstate 85, the I-75 lanes would not be free even if drivers have three or more people in their vehicle. 

 "I don't have a lot of trust in government, so it's not surprising to me," said Jennifer Pruitt of the cost overrun.

GDOT said it is now reviewing the bids to identify why the costs are so high. 

"We were a little bit surprised at where they were, but it wasn't an extreme difference," said GDOT spokeswoman Jill Goldberg.  "And we're working to cover that shortfall right now.  We have some contingencies in all of our bids that are put out there." 

Goldberg said new rules regarding stormwater management may be among the reasons the bids came in so high.

"We have contingencies and such built into all of our projects, and this will just be a little money moved around from other areas," said Goldberg. "It is part of our federal work program we have every year."

Construction on the I-75 toll lanes is scheduled to begin early next year with the project completed in 2016.

"I don't know how they would be $26 million over," said Patrick Benson of Henry County. "That's crazy."

GDOT also plans to build toll lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties.  The bids for the $1 billion project have not yet been unsealed, so the agency could not say whether they are in line with the estimated cost. 

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