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GDOT Unveils Plans for I-75 Managed Lanes Through Henry County

GDOT Unveils Plans for I-75 Managed Lanes Through Henry County
I75 Managed Lane Project Unveiled at Henry County Commission Meeting Monday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) recently unveiled its plans to improve I-75’s capacity, accessibility and efficiency as it traverses through Henry County.  The plans, which center around the construction of reversible lanes in Henry County, were presented to Commissioners during the Henry County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting on Monday.

According to Gerald Ross, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer with Georgia Department of Transportation, the project involves constructing barrier-separated reversible lanes – lanes which carry north bound traffic in the morning and then transition to southbound traffic in the afternoons – within a 12.24 mile section of I-75 between Highway 138 in Stockbridge and Highway 155 in McDonough.  One reversible lane will be built from Highway 155 northward to just south of Mt. Carmel Road (3 miles), at which time, it transitions to two reversible lanes that will continue to Highway 138 (9.24 miles).  These barrier-separated, managed lanes are meant to safely and efficiently convey traffic through Henry County and do not provide access to local exits, thus local traffic would be more suited for the general purpose lanes.

At the northern end of the project, a dedicated ramp will be provided for I-675, as well as entrance and exit lanes to the general purpose lanes on I-75 just south of Highway 138. 

Slip ramps, also called access roads, will be constructed to provide ingress/egress from the managed lanes to and from Highway 20, and dedicated access to these reversible lanes will also be added at Mt. Carmel Road. 

“That’s probably the most contentious part of the project, that and the fact that the project will be a toll project,” admitted Ross in reference to the access at Mt. Carmel Road.  “We are not in the condition financially to build interstate projects that are not toll, so it will be some form of toll, so anybody who will be using these lanes will have to pay to use them.  Nobody in the country is building interstate lanes that are free.  That freeway is over.”

That there would be a toll charged to access these lanes is definite, though usage has not yet been finalized.  If they are deemed HOT lanes, only vehicles with 3+ occupants would be eligible to use the lanes, and they would be charged a toll.  If designated Express lanes, all vehicles using the lanes would be charged.  Such tolls would be paid through the Peach Pass, a small electronic sensor that is connected to the user’s State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA) account that deducts the proper toll each time.  Van pools and Transit buses would not be charged. 

Construction on this project is expected to begin in June 2012 and be complete in 2015.  To learn more about these new managed lanes on I-75 to reduce congestion and improve mobility, please plan to attend one of these Public Information Open Houses:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Eagles Landing High School Cafeteria 
301 Tunis Road
McDonough, GA  30253
5-8 p.m.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
930 Highway 155 South
McDonough, GA  30253
4-7 p.m.

Please note that each open house will present identical information in a question-and-answer format with no formal presentation, so interested citizens can feel free to drop by at any point during the open house to speak one-on-one with project staff and provide valuable feedback.

Related projects on I-75 include the new Jodeco Bridge, and the addition of a northbound auxiliary lane between Eagles Landing Parkway and I-675.   Construction on both of these projects is expected to commence by the end of this year.

For more information, please contact Mike Dover, I-75 South Managed Lanes Project Manager at (404) 347-0185 or by email at ManagedLaneInfo@dot.ga.gov.

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