You are here

New Interstate Express Lanes

April 20, 2015
Cars packed tightly together.

Georgians know the pain of a daily commute. Whether you live just up the street or way up the highway, you probably experience the agony of gridlocked traffic several times a week. The Georgia Department of Transportation is taking active measures to lessen your time stuck in the car by adding express lanes on I-75 South, I-85 and the Northwest Corridor section of Metro Atlanta.

Here are some details about the projects:

I-75 South

There will be two toll lanes added along the median in I-75 south of Atlanta. Like some of the other express lanes in this project, these will be reversible lanes with a variable toll, depending on traffic levels and events going on in the area. Twelve miles are planned for these express lanes, and they will run from SR 155 / McDonough Road and end at SR 138 / Stockbridge Highway. Check out the fact sheet for the project or the FAQ sheet for more information.  

I-85 Extension

This part of the project will be built solely in Gwinnett County, north of the already existing express lanes on I-85. There will be 10 miles of lanes in this section, and will begin north of the express lanes on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and will end at Hamilton Mill Road. These will not be reversible lanes, but will still have variable tolls and new auxiliary lanes. You can read up on a detailed description of these planned lanes and look at the project map.

Northwest Corridor

A total of 29.7 miles will be added in toll lanes for the third part of the express lanes project. The starting point will run along I-75 from Akers Mill Road over to Hickory Grove Road and then along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. To get a better visual idea of what this will look like, you can check out the project map for the Northwest Corridor construction or take a look at the fact sheet.

At first glance, this might seem like an abundance of toll lanes that could drain the life out of your piggy bank. However, there are a lot of positive benefits that can be gained from the addition of express lanes.

Tedra Cheatham, Executive Director of the Clean Air Campaign, says that these express lanes can help Atlanta’s significant traffic problem as well as improve the city’s air quality. “When used in combination with other strategies such as HERO trucks, carpooling and public transit, we can continue to make strides to improve traffic issues in the Atlanta region,” she says. She adds that carpooling should be used by commuters as much as possible and that the addition of express lanes can help encourage drivers to travel with passengers.

Do you use these sections of the interstate? The GDOT wants to hear your opinion on these construction projects! You can take the I-75 South Metro survey or the Northwest Corridor survey and help the GDOT by giving them a few details about your daily drive, and look forward to the day when you'll be remembering Atlanta's traffic as a thing of the past. 

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

You might like...

November 15, 2017

Winter is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to get your home and vehicle winter-ready. Not sure how to winterize your car? Take our tips on winterizing your car to ensure you don’t get stranded in the cold this winter!

June 19, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the start of construction on the Cyber Innovation and Training Center. This one-of-a-kind facility will bring cybersecurity in Georgia to the next level.

April 18, 2017

The Georgia Department of Driver Services has launched a new website! Find all the same, great services in a clean, easy-to-understand package.