MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A glimpse of traffic relief is on the way for thousands of daily commuters using I-75 south of Atlanta.
The Georgia DOT has approved construction of two express toll lanes along the median of I-75.
It will run from the I-75 exits at State Route 138, Stockbridge Highway, to the I-75 exit for State Route 155 in McDonough; a total of 12 miles. It's a route traveled by more than 100,000 vehicles every day.
The $176-million project will take three years to complete.
Once completed, the two reversible lanes, down to one lane at State Road 20, will be activated north for the morning commute and south for the evening rush.
The lanes will operate in a similar way to the express lanes north of Atlanta on I-85.
"The toll will be variable.
There will be no toll booths. It will be all electronic and it will be used as something similar to a Peach Pass," said Jill Goldberg of the Georgia DOT.
The I-85 and now I-75 express lane projects are part of a larger toll lane program and will see its next project done in 2018.
"We also have the Northwest Corridor project which is in Cobb and Cherokee Counties and it will also be a variable reversible system," Goldberg added.