Georgia Department of Transportation chief engineer Gerald Ross will become the director of the state’s public-private partnership program. A 29-year veteran of GDOT, he replaces Sandra Burgess, who is retiring this week.

Ross also served as deputy commissioner of transportation, a post he will vacate to concentrate on engineering and P3 duties, according to Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith.

The state has three large P3 initiatives under way: the West by Northwest managed lanes projects, the Multi-Modal Terminal in Atlanta, and privatizing rest areas and welcome centers throughout the state.

The P3 projects “are moving into technical phases of development that will mesh perfectly with and benefit from Gerald’s outstanding engineering skills,” Smith said.

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