2:20 PM - 3:10 PM


🏛️ Georgia’s Electric Transportation Future

Grand Hall 4 & 5

This session will provide an overview of GDOT’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Deployment Plan, which was successfully submitted to FHWA’s Joint Program Office of Energy and Transportation (JPO) on August 1, 2022, and approved by FHWA on September 14, 2022. The session will cover the purpose and goals of the NEVI Program, the state’s two newly designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFC): US 82 & US 441, GDOT’s vision for NEVI implementation, stakeholder engagement and next steps in the process for the state.


  • Andrew Heath, Deputy Chief Engineer, GDOT
  • Matt Markham, Deputy Director of Planning, GDOT

🏛️ = Local Government Track


A Foundation of Success

Athena A

This session will focus on the workflow of foundation investigation in reference to AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for the foundation of bridges, walls, and other structures. Presenters will also discuss recent lessons learned during the construction of foundations.


  • Moderator: Patrick Allen, Director of Construction, GDOT
  • Moderator: Donn Digamon, State Bridge Engineer, GDOT
  • Jeff Crouch, Civil Engineer, GDOT
  • Eugene Utsalo, Environmental Branch Chief, GDOT
  • Mary Cooley, Geologist, GDOT


Interagency Bat Conservation Agreement: A Win for Endangered Bats, a Win for Roads in Georgia

Athena E

With the imminent listing of the tricolored bat, Georgia will have four species of federally endangered bats covering all parts of the state. Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), GDOT must consider impacts to listed bats during project development. To avoid possible project delays associated with ESA consultation at the project level, GDOT has worked with four other agencies on a program-wide approach that will provide conservation for bats while streamlining consultation.


  • Ryan Pawlikowski, Ecology Section Chief, GDOT
  • Lee Droppelman, Director of Environment and Planning, Arcadis
  • Trina Morris, Program Manager, Wildlife Conservation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Laci Pattavina, Transportation Liaison, Georgia Ecological Services, US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)


Conflict-of-Interest Management in Alternative Delivery at GDOT

Athena F

The Department depends on private sector participation both for “owner” duties and for “developer” or other “contractor” duties in its Public Private Partnership program and in its far-reaching Design-build program. This session will help you understand the potential pinch points and mitigate those, when necessary, to set the stage for broad private sector participation that rises to the program demands. This friendly panel session will also provide insight and a refresher on the topic of Conflict of Interest, the importance for all to be aware of this issue, and how the Department addresses this subject.


  • Helen Pinkston-Pope, Attorney, GDOT
  • Treasury Young, Procurement Administrator, GDOT
  • Tim Matthews, State Express Lanes Administrator, GDOT
  • Darryl VanMeter, Assistant P3 Division Director/State Innovative Delivery Administrator, GDOT

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