ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Transportation officials in Georgia have announced the awarding of a contract to improve a congested interstate corridor south of Atlanta.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said in a news release that it has awarded a $176.2 million contract to build variable-rate toll lanes on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Henry and Clayton counties.

Department Commissioner Keith Golden says the 12-mile project will help accommodate growth in the region. Construction will likely begin later this year and the lanes are expected to open by the end of 2016.

The I-75 express lane project was one of 21 new initiatives announced Monday by transportation officials. All of the new projects combined represent an investment of $288 million in transportation infrastructure.

Other projects include reconstructing interchanges, resurfacing roadways, and widening some roads.


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