The Georgia Department of Transportation broke ground Wednesday on a project that moves high-occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County.
The $178 million project is extending Express Lanes up Interstate 85 from just north of Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road in Gwinnett County.
“As the I-85 corridor continues to see steady growth, the need for enhanced mobility options is even more critical,” said GDOT Deputy Commissioner Mike Dover. “The new I-85 Express Lanes Extension will improve traffic flow and increase mobility options for people who travel the area, including motorists, transit and registered vanpool customers. This project addresses one of the region’s most congested commuter corridors.”
The 10-mile project calls for adding one toll lane in each direction of I-85 from just north of Old Peachtree Road, also in Gwinnett, to Hamilton Mill.
Upon completion, the new Express Lanes will be managed by a variable priced tolling system operated by State Road and Tollway Authority.
The work will call for a new bridge, as the I-85 northbound Express Lane will cross over the Interstate 985 northbound ramp.
Also, the I-85 southbound bridge over I-985 northbound will be replaced.
I-985 is a four-lane highway running from I-85 to Gainesville.
The work also includes resurfacing all the existing I-85 travel lanes within the project.
Construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.
Current Express Lanes run between Old Peachtree Road and Chamblee-Tucker Road in DeKalb County.
The I-85 Express Lanes project is part of the Georgia Express Lanes system, a network of toll lanes that run alongside existing interstates in some of the most congested corridors around metro Atlanta.