3M announced today that the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA) has awarded a $27.7 million contract to 3M Toll Services for Toll Systems Integration on the I-75 South Express Lanes and the I-75/I-575 Northwest Corridor Express Lanes projects over a six-year period. Contract costs will be paid through toll revenue bonds backed by tolls on both roadways. The partnership with 3M will provide SRTA with the latest in innovative tolling solutions for the state’s first reversible tolled lanes. 3M will be responsible for designing and deploying the toll system at the roadside.
Under the SRTA contract, 3M will support two reversible managed lanes projects—the I-75 South Express Lanes and the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes. The I-75South Express Lanes Project is 12 miles of reversible barrier-separated electronic toll lanes along I-75 and I-675 in Henry and Clayton Counties. The Northwest Corridor Project is 29.7 miles of reversible barrier-separated electronic toll lanes along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. The I-75 South Express Lanes project is expected to open in 2016, with the Northwest Corridor project to open in 2018.
“Our priority is to provide the highest level of customer service to motorists and 3M has the experience and innovative technologies we need to continue to deliver on that goal,” said Christopher Tomlinson, the executive director for the Georgia SRTA. “3M has nearly 75 years of experience in the transportation industry and is one of the pioneers in delivering all-electronic lane solutions. We look forward to working with 3M as a trusted partner as we continue to strive in providing a positive experience to motorists that will choose to use a Peach Pass toll facility in Georgia.”
3M solutions include the 6204 Multiprotocol Toll Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader, which is capable of reading several different transponder technologies such as Georgia’s Peach Pass, E-ZPass and Florida’s SunPass transponders, providing a cost effective interoperable toll solution for SRTA.
“3M recognizes the importance of SRTA’s vision to provide the highest level of customer service to motorists using innovative technologies in a cost-effective manner,” said Dan McGurran, business director Motor Vehicle Systems & Service, part of 3M’s Traffic Safety and Security Division. “We understand that SRTA is making a significant investment in this project and seeks a responsive, capable vendor to collaborate with in this effort.”
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About the State Road and Tollway Authority
The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) is a state-level, independent Authority created by the Georgia General Assembly to operate tolled transportation facilities within the State and act as the transportation financing arm for the State. Through SRTA, user fees have been successfully utilized to build the GA 400 roadway, the Sidney Lanier Bridge over the Brunswick River and the Torras Causeway, “the gateway” to the St. Simons community. For more information, visit www.georgiatolls.com.