The Georgia Department of Transportation is going to invest just shy of seventy million dollars towards the widening of Highway 17.
The bad news is that none of that work is going to be taking place in Elbert County; however, two projects will take place in both Franklin and Stephens County that will widen the road over a stretch of nearly 10.5 miles.
Let for bid in January, the 7.0263 mile long widening of SR 17 from the Franklin Stephens County Line to Scott Road was awarded to C.W. Matthews Contracting, Inc. of Marietta for a contract price of $46,257,752.60 with a completion date of May 31, 2016.
Then let for bid in February, the 3.233 mile long widening of SR 17 from Scott Road to Memorial Drive was awarded to C.W. Matthews Contracting, Inc. of Mariette for a contract price of $20,067,613.29 with a completion date of April 30, 2016.
The Governor’s Road Improvement Program, commonly referred to as GRIP, is a system of proposed economic developmental highways in Georgia.
SR 17 is a GRIP corridor, it traverses the state from US 441 in Habersham county and extends south to the Florida State Line at Folkston. T
The corridor is 331 miles long, approximately 157 miles of this corridor is widened to a four lane or is under construction now.