Countdown Begins For GA. 400 Closing
Atlanta (WAOK) — The countdown to the ending of the widely despised toll on Ga. 400, is underway. Toll collection will end on Friday, November 22nd after the evening rush hour according to the State Road and Tollway Authority, ahead of the December 2013 date that Governor Nathan Deal had announced in July.
Traffic is estimated to jump at least 8%, says Bert Brantley, the Toll Authority Deputy Executive Director. This statistic does not include the fact that ramps at I-85 are set to open this year, so the number could be higher.
Keith Goldman, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, said that ending toll collections on a Friday evening will enable motorists to become acclimated with the new traffic pattern.
Peach Pass lane re-striping began three weeks ago in the first phase of the four part demolition project. All traffic is to be rerouted through these lanes once the toll collection has ended, which are being reconfigured in order for the road to hold three lanes instead of two. Toll Plaza booths are set to be demolished in January 2014.
Written by Sherman H. Smith Jr (WAOK/Intern)