Friday, April 5, 2013
A computer animated video explains how the proposed I-85 toll lane extension from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill Road would "provide reliable travel times, improved commute alternatives and expanded commuting choices."
If you missed last month's public hearings regarding the extension of the I-85 toll lanes northward, you can now learn more about the project courtesy of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The GDOT recently posted a short computer animated video depicting how the new toll lanes will operate (see above). The GDOT has proposed extending the toll lanes from Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee to Hamilton Mill Road, in the Dacula/Buford area. As part of the project, an additional lane would be constructed to avoid losing capacity in the free lanes. According to GDOT, the new toll lanes would provide reliable travel times, improved commute alternatives and expanded commuting choices (see pdf). In the presentation, GDOT explains …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The GDOT is considering extending the toll lanes from Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee to Hamilton Mill Road.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Call me skeptical if you wish, but I think the decision has been made to build more HOT lanes.
In today’s column, we pretend we are a fly on the wall down at GDOT when they are trying to figure another way to stick it to the taxpayers. With a recorder going, we hear one of the people say: “I know, we will tell them that by building another lane all the way to the ocean, congestion will be relieved on the Gwinnett Interstate.” Another says, “Oh, no, they would not believe that.” Someone else adds, “I know, let us tell them we will be able to make $100 million by adding a user fee to the lane we build.” Someone asked rather shyly, “Will we really make that much money?” “Of course not, silly,” is the reply, “but the people will believe anything we tell them.” Someone else speaks up with these great words of wisdom, “I know, let us do a…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hold two public hearings in March.
Thursday, February 21
The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled two public hearings in March to discuss extending the I-85 HOT lanes another 10 miles northward. The first hearing will be held March 21 at 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center Atrium located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The second hearing will take place March 28 at 4 p.m. in Braselton. The meeting will be held in the community room of the Braselton Municipal building located at 4982 Highway 53, Braselton. The GDOT wants to extend the toll lanes from Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee to Hamilton Mill Road, in the Dacula and Buford areas or possibly Chateau Elan near Braselton. As part of the project, an additional lane would be constructed to avoid losing capacity in the free lanes. …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
One year later, the controversial HOT lane is making money, but not nearly as much as projected.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
After one year of operating, the I-85 HOT lane is making money but falling short of even the lowest revenue predictions, the AJC reported. The controversial toll lane was unpopular with drivers as soon as it was rolled out on Oct. 1, 2011, forcing the state to lower the tolls in order to attract cars into the lane. But drivers are using the HOT lane. Thousands have signed up for the Peach Pass, and in the first 11 months, that brought in $3.05 million. That's short of the projected revenue of $3.3 million to $6.7 million, according to figures from the AJC. State Road and Tollway Authority officials say they’re not disappointed with the revenues. A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal said that Deal “moved aggressively” to lower the cost of the …
Friday, September 21, 2012
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. You might also be interested in reading: