The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Office of Traffic Operations has selected SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business as prime consultant for regional safety design services.

Valued at $20m, the contract will be carried out over a three-year period.

This contract, which includes two one-year options, falls under SNCL Engineering Services.

It will cover traffic engineering (TE) studies, road safety audits (RSAs), concept reports, designing and surveying.

It will be performed by Atkins’ team of traffic and roadway engineers, environmental experts and surveyors.

The team will also be responsible for carrying out GDOT’s safety improvement projects.

This will involve delivering engineering services in support of sight distance improvements, realigning intersections, adding turn lanes, accommodating pedestrians and restricting crossing U-turns (R-CUTs) and roundabouts.

SNC-Lavalin Atkins North America CEO George Nash said: “This contract is proof of our longevity in delivering high quality service offerings across North America. We have managed and delivered safety projects with GDOT and their traffic operations staff for the last 16 years.

“We will continue that support and remain committed to helping GDOT prevent roadway injuries and fatalities across Georgia.”

Atkins and GDOT have been in long-term partnership since 2003, delivering projects for the safety programme in several districts.

Atkins was awarded a total of five consecutive on-call safety design services contracts.

Established in 1938, Atkins is a design, engineering and project management consultancy firm. The company was acquired by SNC-Lavalin in July 2017.

Earlier this month, it was appointed by Highways England as principal for the asset improvement schemes planned for the East of England.

The contract has an initial value of £49m ($61m) and is set to start in January 2020.