Meanwhile, construction started late last year, and things are moving quickly for the future Northwest Corridor Express Lanes.
Nearly 30 miles of reversible toll lanes are being built along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties.
If you drive anywhere near this area, you know...construction is in full swing. These new lanes will be different from the toll lanes we already know all about on I-85.
The work is off to a good start at the Canton Road Connector. "We are on schedule we are moving great," says Asst. State Innovative Engineer, John Hancock. There are four construction sites stretching the length of I-75 from I-285 to Hickory Grove Road, and up I-575 to Sixes
Road. The project, is starting to take shape. "This is one of the largest bridges we have on the project this is almost 6,000 feet long," adds Hancock. The reversible toll lanes are being built on the shoulder, just to the West of I-75.
"These are going to be separated from the existing, general-purpose lanes. These are new capacities, we're not converting
any of the lanes like we did on I-85," explains Hancock.
Although they are different, the lanes will use the same
I-85 dynamic pricing and
Peach Pass system. In just about three years, cars will be driving on the bridge, heading southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening.
"Summer of 2018 we hope to have traffic up here running on the Express Lanes giving people a choice to get out of the
general purpose lanes and avoid congestion," Hancock says.
So far, rush hour traffic has not been affected from the massive project.
"One of the great things about this project, is that we are on the shoulder of the road or were in the median. We have very little impacts on the general-purpose lanes. Any of the major stuff that we're doing we're doing in off-peak
times overnight or during the day when it's slow," Hancock adds.
But remember, this is still a working construction site.
Hancock urges to you drive safely around the construction zones, "There's a lot of work going on here a lot of activity so pay attention and be careful. We want everybody to get home safe."
You can expect minor traffic shifts along the
Northwest Corridor while they work,
but they will also be bringing in large beams in the next month. For weekly construction updates, or for more information on the project you can visit this website.
DOT says she Express Lanes will eventually help drivers move past Braves stadium traffic. They're set to open in the
Summer of 2018, in time for the second season at SunTrust Park. A few months before that, 12 miles of similar Express Lanes will open up on the Southside of I-75, in Henry County.