Georgia – A regional-scale Top End Express Lane project is being considered by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to relieve congestion on Interstate 285 in the Atlanta area. According to GDOT’s website, more than 240,000 vehicles travel this highway section every weekday.
GDOT plans to start construction on two new elevated, barrier-separated toll lanes in each direction in 2023 with completion in 2028 along the end of the Perimeter between Paces Ferry Road in Cobb County and Henderson Road in DeKalb County. New toll lanes on Ga. 400 from I-285 to the North Springs MARTA station also are planned.
State and federal funding is expected to pay for the $5.1 billion project. Officials will issue a notice in September of their intent to proceed with the plan, which will be followed by an environmental review and draft of preliminary plans. The expansion is part of GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program, which will start with 11 large-scale initial projects.