Commuter Dude: Examining crash data along Georgia 400

7:06 AM, Feb 19, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA - An examination of crash data shows accidents are up, but fatalities down from 2012 to 2013 on the 22 mile stretch of Georgia 400 through Fulton County.

Tony Peters drives 400 daily and has noticed the accidents seem more common, especially as he approached I-285

"It seems two or three days a week there might be something on 400 going on whether it's an accident or a fender bender," said Peters.

An 11Alive examination of two years worth of crash data revealed more than 1,800 accidents last year on Georgia 400 in Fulton County, slightly more than the year before. There were, however, half the number of fatal accidents, from four down to two.

A common area of concern is the Georgia 400/ I-285 interchange, where there were 164 accidents and 73 injuries in 2013, another slight increase from the previous year.

The governor has stated that one his highest priorities is to bring improvements to that interchange. According to the Georgia DOT, the agency is working with private organizations to develop a design and funding for improvements. Plans are to begin a reconstruction project in late 2015.

More immediate are plans to construct something called connector-distributor lanes along Georgia 400. The new lanes would separate normal traffic from exiting traffic just north of I-285.

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