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Roadwork Begins On I-85 Toll Lane Extension In Gwinnett

Aug 4, 2016

This week, the Georgia Department of Transportation is beginning to add lanes on Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County.

It's the latest in an effort to add toll lanes to the busiest interstates in metro Atlanta.

GDOT is adding 10 more miles of toll lanes northbound and southbound between Old Peachtree and Hamilton Mill roads on Interstate 85. It would be an extension of the 16 miles of toll lanes on I-85 that stretch from Chamblee-Tucker Road in DeKalb County up to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett County.

“In order to save time on their commute, have a more reliable commuter trip time, they can pretty much know how long they will need to get to work or to an appointment if they choose to use the express lane," GDOT spokeswoman Jill Goldberg said.

She said during construction, all lanes on I-85 between that section will be repaved. And while the 16 miles on I-85 converted existing lanes to toll lanes, this project would build 10 miles of new lanes to use as toll roads. Goldberg said traffic in that area is relatively light but still has a lot of congestion during peak hours.

"What this does is it allows commuters that are coming the entire way or even getting off somewhere in between, earlier access to it,” Goldberg said. “This corridor is still congested, so it will be very beneficial to the people that are out there."

In Cobb County, construction is underway on 30 miles of toll lanes on I-75 between Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and on Interstate 575 between I-75 and Sixes Road.

In the South, GDOT is wrapping up construction on 12 miles of toll lanes on I-75 between McDonough Road and Stockbridge Highway.

Goldberg said she expects the 10 miles of express toll lanes on I-85 to be complete by the summer of 2018.