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State DOT October projects valued at $115 million
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ATLANTA — In October 2021, the Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a total of 16 projects valued at approximately $114,649,744.

The largest single investment, worth approximately $48 million, was awarded to Oxford Construction Company. This reconstruction project will widen 7.935 miles of State Route (SR) 133 from north of County Line Road to north of Holly Drive in Dougherty County. Additionally, the project includes the construction of two bridges and approaches over Spring Flat Branch.

The second-largest contract includes a reconstruction of 0.777 mile of interchange on SR 31 at Interstate 75/SR 401 and the construction of a bridge and approaches over I-75/SR 40. The project is worth approximately $36 million.

These contracts represent 73 percent or approximately $83.6 million of the awarded funds.

Resurfacing projects represent 21 percent, or approximately $23 million, of the awarded funds. The remaining 6 percent is allotted for bridge construction projects at various locations throughout the state.

There was one safety project for traffic signal upgrades in Fulton County worth $97,475. These upgrades play an important role in Georgia DOT’s goal of providing a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system.

The October awards bring the total construction contracts for Fiscal Year 2022 to $432 million. This total includes TIA, Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build and locally administered projects. Fiscal Year 2022 began July 1, 2021.

Bids for Design-Bid-Build projects were received on Oct. 22, and contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders on Nov. 5.

Information on schedules, lane closures and detours will be available in advance of construction activities taking place.

Contractors and consultants, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, registered small businesses and veteran-owned small businesses interested in bidding on projects or performing work must prequalify with Georgia DOT. To learn more, visit

Albany Chamber names category winners of 40 Under 40 awards
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ALBANY — The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized the finalists and announced the category winners of the 2021 Albany Under 40 Awards, a program that celebrates the Albany Area’s emerging leaders and professionals in a variety of business sectors, each representing a component of the area’s diversified talent pool and economy.

“The Albany area is home to young leaders who are making their mark through excellence in their professions, through their innovation and through their commitment to building a stronger region,” Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber said. “We’re honored to recognize these diverse, outstanding professionals and proud they’ve chosen to live, work and invest in the Albany Area.”

Category finalists were announced in November and honored last week during an awards reception at Pretoria Fields Brewery in downtown Albany. Category winners, selected from among the finalists, were announced at the event:

♦ Arts, Entertainment, Culinary Arts, Events, Tourism & Hospitality: Kirstin Collins, American Peanut Shellers Association

♦ Civics, Defense, Government & Public Affairs: Ronnie Alvin Pettiford Jr., city of Albany

♦ Financial & Insurance Services: Allison Daniels, Marcus, Inman & Daniels Wealth Advisors

♦ Innovation & Start-Ups: Maria Carr, Body Perfection Studio

♦ Journalism, Marketing & Public Relations: Kori Phillips Foy, WALB

♦ Manufacturing, Service Industries, Energy & Architecture: Brandon Senn, Mosquito Source

♦ Medicine & Health Care: Cindreka Marshall, The LEGACY Case Management

♦ Nonprofit Services: Don R. Johnson, The Challenger League

♦ Youth & Education: Dr. Koosh Desai, Medical College of Georgia — Southwest Georgia campus

The 2021 Albany Under 40 is sponsored by Albany Air Conditioning & Heating, Colony Bank, Southern AG Carriers, and Hughey & Neuman.

The 2021 Albany Under 40 Young Professional of the Year, selected from among the category winners, will be announced at the Albany Area Chamber 112th annual meeting next spring.

Watson Spence celebrates 50-year anniversary of Dunn Stapleton
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ALBANY — Watson Spence announced the celebration of 50 years of committed service to the firm by partner Dunn Stapleton by donating $25,000 to the Phoebe Cancer Center.

“Through this gift of support to benefit the Phoebe Cancer Center, we are proud to honor Dunn and give thanks to the doctors, nurses, technicians, staff, and volunteers who have cared for our long-time partner and friend,” Watson Spence Managing Partner Faison Middleton said. “We hope the community will join us in congratulating Dunn and in celebrating and honoring his remarkable half-century of service.”

Originally from Donalsonville, Stapleton attended Emory University for undergraduate and law school. He joined Watson Spence on Nov. 15, 1971, and married his wife, Nealy, one year after at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany, where they have been members ever since. Stapleton has taught Sunday School, served on the Vestry, and is Lay Eucharist Minister.

The Stapletons have two daughters — Culver Scales of Durham, N.C. and Dixon Dunavant of Atlanta — and three grandchildren. When not at the office, Stapleton enjoys yard work and is a regular at the YMCA.

Watson Spence has been firmly rooted in the Albany community for more than 70 years. The firm provides a broad range of specialized legal services to large corporations, small businesses, individuals, fiduciaries, professional associations, agribusinesses and health care providers. The firm’s practice includes both state and federal trial and appellate courts and extends to the state and national capitols before the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. For more information on the firm or any of its attorneys, visit

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