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Atlanta tackles congestion

US transportation secretary Elaine Chao has announced plans to award Alabama a US$184m grant towards congestion relief in Atlanta.

The Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (Infra) grant will be used to build additional, dedicated express lanes on State Route (SR) 400, a major commuter route for Atlanta residents.

“The new express lanes on SR 400 will enhance safety and decrease congestion and travel times for everyone,” said Chao.

The SR 400 express lanes project is included in the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), a Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) initiative to address congestion. GDOT projects that the new lanes will reduce delay by over 19,000 hours per day along the SR 400 corridor by 2030. 

The proposed Infra grant would award US$184,124,447 to construct approximately 17 miles of priced two-lane, bidirectional managed lanes along SR 400 from I-285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Fulton County, and one managed lane in each direction from McGinnis Ferry Road north to McFarland Parkway in Forsyth County.

The project will connect with the SR 400 and I-285 Interchange Reconstruction project in Fulton and DeKalb Counties using approximately eight miles of collector-distributor lanes currently under construction. There are 9 proposed access points for the express lanes, including three full interchanges, and six locations with slip lanes. The project area includes 22 bridges, approximately half of which will be replaced or widened.


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This article was published on 3 Jul 2018 (last updated on 3 Jul 2018).

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