Georgia company on short list for privatizing rest stops
January 25, 2011
ALPHARETTA, GA — Two teams of road maintenance and advertising companies are competing for a contract to manage Georgia''s highway rest areas and welcome centers, according to WXIA-TV.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a short list of bidders for the contract Friday: Vying for the work are the team of DBi Services of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and The InterConnect Group Inc. of Alpharetta; and the team of Nashville, Tennessee-based Infrastructure Corporation of America and TravelersMarketing of Wellesley, Massachusetts, the article stated.
The DOT is looking to privatize the operation of the state''s 17 rest areas and nine welcome centers as a cost-cutting move, the article noted.
According to the article, the agency was spending about $4.5 million a year until fiscal 2008 on janitorial and landscaping for the facilities, but after the recession hit, the DOT reduced upkeep and closed two of the rest areas.
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