ALPHARETTA -- Two teams of road maintenance and advertising companies are competing for a contract to manage Georgia's highway rest areas and welcome centers.
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced a short list of bidders for the contract Friday. Vying for the work are the team of DBi Services of Hazleton, Pa., and The InterConnect Group Inc. of Alpharetta; and the team of Nashville, Tenn.-based Infrastructure Corp. of America and TravelersMarketing of Wellesley, Mass.
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 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.
The idea behind the new program is to recover some of the costs of maintaining the rest areas and welcome centers from the sale of ads and sponsorships.
The DOT is scheduled to award the contract by the middle of this year.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)