Toll Lanes Could Be Extended to Hamilton Mill, Chateau Elan

The High Occupancy Toll or HOT lanes currently end at Old Peachtree Road.

The I-85 toll lanes may eventually be extended past the Mall of Georgia in Buford all the way to Hamilton Road or even Chateau Elan, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The AJC reports state transportation leaders are in favor of extending the toll lanes in Gwinnett County. Construction could begin in 2017 if approved.

As part of the project, an additional lane would be constructed to avoid losing capacity in the free lanes, WSBradio.com reported.

Would you like to see the toll lanes extended to Hamilton Mill or Chateau Elan? What do you think about the toll lane project in general? Let us know in the comments.

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GregRodgers September 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
More middle class money grab. I will neverr use those lanes...ever!!
Ray Newman September 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM
They could run the HOT (money) lanes all the way to the state line and I will never drive in them.
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I find it hard to believe the lanes are generating enough money to justify extending them. Maybe they just want to build the lanes so that the Xpress buses to the Hamilton Mill Park and Ride can run on time ...
Billy Woffard September 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Why don't thy start in Downtown and extend to 285. Instead of spending money o construct and additional lane then convert to Toll.
Mary Sergi September 21, 2012 at 03:27 PM
More idle gas wasted which means more pollution ... Smh
Max B September 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I use the lanes today when i go to the airport weekly, so i would definitely use them if it saves travel time. Yes at certain times of the day the prices seem a bit steep. But on the flipside if that is the 'price' for convenience to get where you need to go faster then you pay it. Of all the convenience fees we pay as a society, this one is not so bad.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 21, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Sorry Max but we ALL pay for it, like a bundle without the cute puppy ...
Shane Reynolds September 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I think the whole concept is ridiculous. Yes, we got some Federal money (which was our money to start with) to put them in, but I cannot believe they will ever pay for themselves. I don't understand why they are so afraid of adding a penny tax to gasoline in metro Atlanta to pay for traffic relief. Even if they added ten cents per gallon, it's just a few dollars a week for most people, and it would bring in huge revenues. I think people are tired of seeing so much money wasted when there are obvious needs out there.
chloi September 23, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I won't take 85 anymore if they do this. Why not, if they want tolls, do like they did in Ill. and Wis. Make a toll every 5 to 10 miles and charge only 50 cents each toll. After how every many years it was. The tolls came down. And make sure they come down, not like there doing on 400 here.
Cindy October 02, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Kristi, apparently you do not drive on I-85 daily. We need a 3rd lane quite often, but I will never use the toll lanes. I'd rather be late than pay my money to drive in one......on principle. We need a 3rd lane in each direction, especially during peak hours.....but we don't need a perpetual reminder of money-grabbing. Hope the lanes pay for themselves.....but it won't be from my pockets. Traffic often backs up from MOG exit to H. Mill. One solution might be to block the area between the lanes for about a mile.... and allow the outside lane to continue moving unimpeded by the other lane. A 3rd lane is needed in the mornings and afternoons.....both ways.
Kristi Reed (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 09:29 AM
I didn't say we didn't need a third lane. We need one - we just don't need it to be toll. My comment was that I cannot see how the other toll lanes could be making enough money to justify adding more toll lanes.
Regina Williams February 21, 2013 at 09:37 PM
I will be keeping my money in my pocket. If everyone else would do the same, those tolls would be stopped and we could have our HOV lane back.


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