I-95 Belfast Keller Interchange Recognized at Georgia Transportation Summit

I-95 Belfast Keller Interchange Recognized at Georgia Transportation Summit

Bryan County’s I-95 Belfast Keller Interchange was honored with a Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Preconstruction Design Award at the 2021 Georgia Transportation Summit on Tuesday, November 16th in Atlanta. The project was recognized in Category 1: Innovative Solution to a Design Problem/Best Use of New Products. Thomas & Hutton served as the lead designer of record, overseeing concept development, database development, environmental documentation, preliminary design, right-of-way plan development, and final design plans for the I-95 Belfast Keller Road Interchange.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Georgia holds GPTQ awards annually to recognize projects that demonstrate transportation planning and design expertise, as well as a commitment to GPTQ’s goals, which include: working cooperatively to deliver the transportation program efficiently with a focus on quality; recognizing and showcasing quality achievement by the partnership and its members; and improving long-term performance and durability of Georgia’s transportation system. Transportation projects in Georgia are to be nominated by the Owner and are awarded to the primary engineer/engineering firm for the project.

About the Project:

The I-95 Belfast Keller Road Interchange in Bryan County establishes a new gateway to South Bryan County and opens the door for economic development, residential housing, and industrial growth in the area. The new route relieves traffic congestion throughout Richmond Hill and Bryan County while providing more efficient access to Savannah and inland Georgia for commuters and commerce alike. The interchange also provides increased accessibility to the growing South Bryan County area for emergency services and opens an additional hurricane evacuation route. Thomas & Hutton’s innovative design for the interchange is the first of its kind in Coastal Georgia with single-lane roundabouts at the ramp termini. The pioneering intersection configuration reduced the overall footprint of the interchange, reducing environmental impact while providing cost and time savings for Bryan County. The creation of the Belfast Keller Interchange will have a distinguished impact on safety and economic development, all while improving daily quality of life throughout the growing Bryan County community for generations to come.

GPTQ Transportation Summit Awards Ceremony (from L to R): Doyle Kelley, Jr., PE (Thomas & Hutton Principal/Project Manager) Russell McMurray, PE (Georgia DOT Commissioner), Glenn Durrence, PE (Thomas & Hutton Transportation Department Manager), Donnie Williams (Thomas & Hutton Project Manager), and Matt Bennet (Michael Baker International Operations Manager/former Georgia DOT Project Manager).


Read more on the project: https://www.thomasandhutton.com/portfolio_page/i-95-belfast-keller-road-interchange/