2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Georgia DOT. For nearly 100 years we’ve accomplished a transportation system that is now the 10th largest in the country. It has led to a better quality of life for residents, tourists, businesses and improved the overall economic development of the state.
Celebrating A Century of Simply the Best in Safety, Service & Innovation!
August 16th is the 100th birthday of Georgia Department of Transportation. Exactly a century ago—on August 16, 1916— the seeds were planted for what would grow into the Georgia DOT. The rutted dirt roads, not fit for bicycles and automobiles, were well on their way to becoming the paved infrastructure that is now the 10th largest in the nation.
March 29, 2016
Dear Commissioner McMurry:
Arizona had been a state for just four years when the Georgia Highway Department was created in 1916. Our region was part of New Spain when Georgia was shaping what would become the United States of America as a member of the Thirteen Colonies. It is with that respectful nod to history that the Arizona Department of Transportation sends congratulations to the Georgia Department of Transportation on your 100th anniversary.
There is a sense of pride that comes from looking back on past accomplishments. Georgia has forged ahead as the transportation hub of the Southeast, developing the nation's 10th largest transportation system and fastest-growing port, and the world's busiest airport by passenger volume.
That same spirit is leading your state into the futu re. ADOT supports GDOT's efforts to advance transportation in the 21st century with innovations such as public-private partnerships, Intelligent Transportation Systems, infrastructure asset sponsorship, and traffic engineering safety improvements such as diverging diamond interchanges and roundabouts.
These innovations define today's exciting times in the transportation industry. More than ever before, transportation users are relying on state DOTs to drive the improvements necessary for safe and efficient mobility. Working together, states can craft a world-class transportation system in the U.S. To that end, ADOT wishes your organization continued success over the next 100 years.
John S. Halikowski ADOT Director
Published By the University of Georgia
This document provides an overview of the Georgia Department of Transportation over the past century (1916-2016). it covers the beginning of road building in the south in the early 1900s, the Great Depression and the expansion of the interstate system.