Georgia Department of Transportation—Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program

Georgia is one of the fastest growing states in the country. As one of the top destinations for doing business—and to live, work and play—GDOT ramped up its work on transportation infrastructure statewide, focusing on safety. The state’s population growth prompted GDOT to consider offering a roadway safety and maintenance patrol on regional highways. GDOT referenced a national survey, which solicited information from major metro areas and southern states, about their use of contracted highway safety patrols. Data from that survey and local research helped the GDOT plan for a similar service, which became GDOT’s $50 million Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP). With the implementation of CHAMP, Georgia became the first to have a statewide maintenance service and motorist assistance safety patrol program in the country. Already in its short life, CHAMP is proving to be successful as it has assisted with almost 5,000 stalls, more than 380 accidents, and more than 2,500 instances of debris removal.CHAMP.JPG