Public hearing Thursday on proposed I-85 toll lanes

7:01 AM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
HOT lanes on I-85 near Indian Trail.
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DULUTH, Ga. -- Georgia road officials will host the first of two public meetings Thursday on the proposed addition of more Interstate 85 toll lanes.

Leaders say the proposed 10-mile extension of toll lanes northward from Old Peachtree Road to Hamilton Mill isn't about the money, but about creating a reliable trip time for drivers willing to pay.

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The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that unlike the original 16-mile project, which opened in October 2011, the proposed extension calls for building new lanes for the tolls rather than adding tolls to existing lanes.

Money for the $95 million project would come from state gasoline tax funds.

Public hearings are Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in Duluth, and Mar. 28 at the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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