MA has been recognized in GPTQ’s 2017 Preconstruction Design Awards, under CATEGORY 4 – Context Sensitive Planning and Design including Public Participation Plan for the Reconstruction of Interstate 16 and Interstate 75 Interchange project.

The GPTQ – Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality – is a partnership between ACEC Georgia, the Georgia DOT, and the Georgia Highway Contractors Association to recognize efforts to make Georgia’s Transportation system one of the nation’s finest.

Designing Transportation facilities that preserve and enhance the communities they serve is one of the guiding principles of Context Sensitive Design (CSD).

Project Overview

The I-16 / I-75 Improvement Project widens and reconstructs I-75 from Hardeman Avenue to Pierce Avenue and I-16 from I-75 to Walnut Creek within the City of Macon in Bibb County, Georgia. There are four major interchanges:

  • Spring Street at I-16
  • Coliseum Drive at I-16
  • Second Street at I-16
  • I-16 and I-75

Improving operational efficiency for each interchange and the interstate reduces congestion and eliminates inadequate weaving sections. This improves safety within this heavily traveled corridor.

Reason for Nomination

Moreland Altobelli led a team of consultants that validated the conceptual design, conducted environmental studies, and provided preliminary and final engineering for the project.

In conjunction with solving the complex design challenges, MA conducted an extensive public involvement campaign for this project.

Major elements of this campaign included:

  • Community-wide public involvement meetings
  • Individual meetings with local neighborhood groups, community groups and organizations, government agencies regarding project scope and impacts
  • Creation of a Citizen Advisory Committee comprised of key community stakeholders
  • Project website / Publication of several project newsletters
  • Email access / Media releases

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – We are honored to be recognized by our peers for our efforts incorporating CSD principals into this project. Developing successful CSD elements is a collaborative effort between many diverse groups. Our professional teams bring their expertise working with all interested parties to each project. We are extremely proud of their abilities and the confidence our clients place in us.

Buddy Gratton, PE – President
Moreland Altobelli Asso