By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor
In Atlanta, tolls on the Georgia 400 were to have been removed next year. But even though the roadway itself is paid off, the tolls will remain in place for another 10 years. The State Road and Tollway Authority sold the state on a list of a dozen projects to be funded by the “new” tolls and recently opened up a public comment period on those projects.
The Tollway Authority and the state DOT intend on carrying out the list of a dozen improvement projects after receiving a favorable vote in September by the State Transportation Board to extend the GA400 tolls by 10 years.
Notably, the agency wants to build new ramps at the GA400/Interstate 85 interchange. Without toll revenue, officials say it would be years or even decades before their list of $67 million worth of projects could get done.
The Tollway Authority opened a public comment period on Dec. 1. It lasts through Jan. 7, 2011.
Although public meetings began Tuesday, Dec. 7, four meetings remain. Meetings are scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as follows:
- Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041;
- Monday, Dec. 20, at Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305;
- Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30009; and
- Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346
Written comments should be addressed to GA 400 Improvement Projects, P.O. Box 7278, Atlanta, GA 30357.
For a list of projects, visit the State Road and Tollway Authority’s website.
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