Skip to comments.GDOT ‘conversation’ meeting reviews basics of I-285 toll lanes project
Posted on 08/01/2019 10:54:51 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
No new or specific details about the I-285 toll lanes project were revealed at a May 15 Georgia Department of Transportation meeting held in Dunwoody, but the state agency did fulfill a requirement to officially close out the Revive285 project that began in 2006.
A future round of public meetings that will include detailed maps of what properties could be taken are expected to occur in early 2020.
Dubbed by GDOT as a conversation meeting about the planned toll lanes along the top end of I-285, the one held Tuesday afternoon at St. Lukes Presbyterian Church attracted about 60 people. Four more similar meetings are scheduled throughout May in Smyrna, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and another one in Dunwoody.
GDOT program manager Tim Matthews went over a half-hour PowerPoint presentation that presented the basics of the planned toll lanes, called express lanes or managed lanes, including that they are part of a statewide Major Mobility Investment Program.
In metro Atlanta, the MMIP projects include toll lanes along the east, west and top end of I-285 and on Ga. 400. The construction taking place now as part of the Transform 285/400 interchange project was part of the Revive285 project and is separate from the toll lanes projects.
The I-285 project would construct toll lanes along the interstate from west of Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County to Henderson Road in DeKalb County, and a section along Ga. 400 from south of the Glenridge Connector to the North Springs MARTA Station.
State officials deemed toll lanes, including elevated toll lanes, a better option than widening I-285 because we just cant widen our way out of congestion, Matthews said.
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Two more lanes won’t affect the ATL traffic flow at all. They’ll only generate more revenue for government, which is the hidden agenda. I can’t wait to move out of this area and find a better quality of life.
This article is from 79 days ago.. is there a reason to post it today? Some update?
I fought the MARTA tax for Gwinnett county earlier this year. GDOT wanted to raise sales tax an extra 1% for the next 40 years with little or no prospects of the tax helping traffic in the northern part of the county.
Great, they intend to build 2 empty lanes all around the Northern Perimeter. Yay!
Believe me, if I find out something more recent I’ll post it.
I’m posting the oldies in chat from now on, too, so that people won’t be feverishly counting the number of days since the article came out to ask me, “Why? WHY, oh WHY did you post this???” :-D
Your screen name is quite appropriate for this article. :-D
Ha! I guess so. I am one of the 300 parcels as well.
I was optimistic about the toll lanes on 75 North of 285 and enthusiastically got the peach pass. SO many people have gotten it that if I’m travelling in the express lanes up to my neck of the woods at rush hour (3-7pm) I can expect to sit in a backup while paying $3, sometimes more, when the main lanes are moving past me faster. It’s a crap shoot but being that I drive all over the ATL for my business I’ll gladly pay to have a smaller chance of an accident along with a ton less stress.
If I were a normal guy getting to work or coming home I don’t know if it would be worth it, but the tolls I pay are deductible for my rolling billboard.
285 and 400 are a complete disaster, I hope they will elevate the exit ramps for 400 N/S so the merging traffic, primarily the late mergers will be forced to get in the exit lane well before the turns. Ticks me off the people who merge at the very last minute almost causing an accident.
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