Ashford Dunwoody diamond wins 2 state awards

6:27 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
Ashford-Dunwoody Road will get a Diverging Diamond Interchange over I-285 soon.
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ATLANTA, Ga. -- The brand new Ashford Dunwoody Diverging Diamond has received three awards two different state transportation organizations. 

The Diamond earned the award for Best Innovative Solution Award and the Grand Design Award from the Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality by the The Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality. And the 2012 Innovation in Transportation Award from the Ashford Dunwoody DDI. 

"We are proud now to be able to refer to the Ashford Dunwoody DDI as an award-winning project," the Perimeter Community Improvement District's (PCID) President and CEO Yvonne Williams said. 

The Perimeter Community Improvement District was formed by Moreland Altobelli Associates and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Office of Innovative Program Delivery.

"The interchange was inadequate to serve the nearly 55,000 vehicles that use it daily," said Williams. Gerald Ross, who recently retired as chief engineer of GDOT, suggested the DDI to Moreland Altobelli, Williams noted. After researching the cutting-edge DDI design, which originated in France and had first been used in the U.S. in 2009 in Springfield, Mo., Moreland Altobelli recommended the DDI to the PCIDs.

The PCIDs received grant funding from the State Road and Tollway Authority and DeKalb County for engineering and design and GDOT funded the $4.6 million cost of construction.

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