By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
I-85 express lanes open Saturday
$178 million project adds 10 miles to existing corridor in Gwinnett County
traffic cone

The Georgia Department of Transportation is opening the I-85 express lanes extension to traffic Saturday, Nov. 3, adding 10 miles to the existing express system.

The newly constructed lanes in northern Gwinnett County extend from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road and run alongside general-purpose lanes. The extension creates a 26-mile network into Georgia’s northeast region.

“We’re excited to open this extension of the I-85 express lanes that will not only provide an additional choice for motorists that can reduce their travel times in the corridor, but will also enhance the region’s transportation infrastructure,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said.

According to GDOT, the lanes are engineered to ease congestion to and from Atlanta during the heaviest traffic hours. The lanes are HOT lanes, free to vehicles with three or more passengers, and allow transit and registered vanpool customers to travel in the lanes toll-free.

Drivers traveling northbound can access the express lanes extension at four locations, while southbound drivers can access at six locations beginning at Hamilton Mill Road, the northern terminus.

The system features dynamic pricing, with rates rising as demand increases. The minimum rate is $0.10 per mile. During periods of very low demand, per mile toll rates on an express lane facility may be replaced with a fixed toll of $0.50 per trip, regardless of the length of the trip. 

Vehicles with no more than two axles or up to six wheels may use the express lanes with a valid Peach Pass. Public transit buses, registered vanpools and emergency response vehicles also may use the lanes toll-free with a valid Peach Pass. All other vehicles, including motorcycles and electric vehicles, are required to pay a toll to use the express lanes.

To open a Peach Pass account, visit SRTA’s website at

From GDOT press release

Regional events