Congestion expected to spike when GA 400 tolls end

11:07 PM, May 31, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Motorists on Georgia 400 may want to brace themselves for a day they've awaited for years - the tolls will go away in November.

When it's gone, drivers may find themselves paying extra with traffic congestion.  

It may be one of the least popular structures in the state, despised by motorists and politicians alike. They all rejoiced the announcement that the toll booth on GA 400 would come down by the end of this year. 

Motorist Brian Borchers feels he's paid his fair share of tolls. 

"I'm looking forward to them being gone," he said. 

The planned demise of the despised toll booth comes with a cautionary bit of data from the State Tollway Authority: When 400 tolls stop, traffic volume jumps from 10 to 18 percent. 

The stretch of road already handles nearly 120,000 vehicles per day. The state has already tried to ease congestion on parts of 400 by creating so-called "flex lanes."

The toll plaza is due to stop its work in November. By allowing motorists to pass without paying, the toll booth jam will end.

But the question remains: What can happen when more motorists take advantage of a toll-free GA 400? 

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