If your commute takes you north on I-85, you may want to plan on attending one of the Public Information Open Houses on new I-85 toll lanes that the Georgia Department of Transportation is hosting in the next few weeks.
According to the Georgia DOT, the proposed I-85 Express Lanes Project would add buffer separated, managed lanes along I-85 at Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road. These will be toll lanes, however, the project does not take away from the current number of lanes – it adds to them
“(It adds) one new lane in each direction from the current end of the Express lane at Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road,” said Georgia DOT spokesperson Teri Pope.
According to a press release from Georgia DOT, the managed lanes in Gwinnett County, which would be part of a larger Express Lanes system throughout metro Atlanta, are intended to help manage congestion and improve mobility along the corridor. The lanes will add about 10 miles of express lanes along I-85 north of Atlanta providing additional capacity for motorists who choose to use them. The lanes will be tolled on a dynamic pricing system as are the lanes on I-85 heading south from Gwinnett. Pricing fluctuates according to demand. When demand for a free flowing ride is heaviest, the tolls will be higher.
The open house meetings are scheduled for:
- Monday, September 29th at Gwinnett Center Atrium Gallery, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA, from 5–7 p.m.
- Thursday, October 2nd at Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Highway 53, Braselton, GA, from 5-7 p.m.
“The public is invited to either Open House event to learn more about the project, view study area maps and displays, provide comments and discuss the project with GDOT staff,” District Engineer Brent Cook said in the press release. “Information presented at the events will be identical and there will be no formal presentation, so the public will be able to stop by at any point during either Open House.”
Anyone unable to attend the public information open house may send comments on the project to Hiral Patel, Georgia DOT, 600 West Peachtree Street,16th Floor Atlanta, Georgia 30308. All comments will be considered in the development of the final project design and must be received by Oct. 13, 2014. You may also submit your comments on the project web site at http://www.dot.ga.gov/expresslanes.
After the open house, the project will be on display at the Georgia DOT’s District Office located at 2505 Athens Highway SE in Gainesville. The plans will also be available online at http://www.dot.ga.gov/expresslanes.