In order to better accommodate the massive ships coming in and out of the Port of Savannah, the Georgia Department of Transportation has authorized a project to raise the height of the Talmadge Bridge over the Savannah River.  That’s no small project – the price tag is expected be around $175 million and will entail replacing the bridge’s cables while at the same time raising its height from its current 185 feet – all while keeping the bridge open for traffic.  It will also feature a unique new contract bidding process, the Construction Management/General Contractor model, which was recently approved by the General Assembly.  That will allow potential contractors to get involved earlier in the process, which supporters say is necessary for projects of this magnitude and complexity.

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