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I-85 Express Lanes moving closer to Hall
Construction involves new bridge at I-985 at I-85
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High-occupancy toll lanes will be moving closer to Hall County.

A $178 million project to extend Express Lanes up Interstate 85 to Hamilton Mill Road in North Gwinnett County is slated to get underway this month.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has set a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the project office off I-85 South, south of Ga. 20/Buford Drive.

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.

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, said Jill Goldberg, a DOT spokeswoman.

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.

“These lanes are intended to offer a choice for drivers to pay a toll to bypass congestion when they desire, provide a clear path for transit operators and present reliable trip times within these corridors,” according to a DOT press release.