Georgia DOT soliciting private bids for Atlanta toll lanes

| 7/24/2007

The Georgia Department of Transportation is soliciting bids from the private sector to add HOV toll lanes to Interstate 20 in the Atlanta area.

The department is planning to add two “managed lanes” in each direction of a 12-mile stretch of I-20, east of Interstate 285 to Turner Hill Road on the east side of the metro, officials stated in a press release.

The “managed lanes,” department officials said, would be tolled high-occupancy vehicle lanes. The state DOT is also proposing several congestion relief scenarios in the Atlanta area involving truck-only lanes.

The I-20 HOV project will take top priority over several proposals, according to the DOT, including truck-only lane proposals on Georgia’s state Route 400, I-285, I-575 and I-75.

State transportation officials have scheduled a pre-bidding discussion for the I-20 expansion during a public meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m., Aug. 2 in Room 401 of the Georgia DOT’s General Office, 2 Capitol Square, Atlanta.

Transportation officials will accept written comments about this stage of the project for 30 days following the Aug. 2 meeting. Written comments are being accepted at the following address:

            Attention: Chief Engineer
            2 Capitol Square, Room 122
            Atlanta, GA 30334

Click here to send comments by e-mail or via the online form.

An additional step to include more public comment will be announced at a later date, according to state DOT officials.