Gov. Deal Announces Beginning to I-285/SR 400 Interchange Project

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that the ground is to be broken on a project to improve the Interstate 285/State Route 400 interchange in metro-Atlanta. The project, as stated by Gov. Deal’s office, is a prime example of a public-private partnership, featuring funding from the City of Sandy Springs, the PATH Foundation and the GDOT’s project partner, North Perimeter Contractors, among others.

The project will have a budget of $800 million and will include developments “on I-285 from west of Roswell Road in Fulton County, to east of Ashford Dunwoody in DeKalb County and on SR 400 from the Glenridge Connector to Spalding Drive,” aiming to alleviate congestion via the addition of new features such as flyover ramps, collector-distributor lanes and other features. Surveying and inspections have already begun for this project, and it is expected that construction will begin in the “first quarter” of 2017. Officials assert that the improvements, expected to be completed by 2020, will save those traversing the corridor an average of 8 hours per year and will drastically reduce delays for travelers of the interchange.

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry classifies this project as somewhat of a cornerstone to more improvements to come to Georgia’s highways over the next decade. Moreover, speaking on the benefit that this project will have to improving Georgia’s travel and interstate commerce, Gov. Deal had this to say:

“Investments such as this one are essential to providing congestion relief for commuters and preparing our infrastructure for more freight and business traffic so that Georgia can remain the No. 1 state in which to do business – a distinction we earned for the fourth year in a row just yesterday.”

This project comes as traffic in the metro-Atlanta area continues to rise as a prominent issue to many Georgians, and given the suggestions of more projects to come, it appears that the state is listening.

A link to the governor’s full press release on the matter can be found here, and more details on the ongoing project are available here.

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gcp
gcp

Four years of construction delays followed by a couple years of free flowing traffic then traffic jams again. And just wait until they start on the 285 project.

The Eiger
The Eiger

The answer with you is always just do nothing isn’t it?

gcp
gcp

Never said “do nothing” but more expensive, massive interchange projects is not the solution. I do like some of the regional bus improvements.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I think we have been over this before, but if I remember correctly you live no where near this interchange right? Those of us that drive through it twice daily have been waiting for this for a long time. Until the cost of living in Atlanta decreases to what it is in the suburbs and until Atlanta schools are on par with the suburbs people will continue to live OTP. Which means interchange projects and road improvements will be a necessity.

gcp
gcp

Yep, I am in Gwinnett but as I said last time we have seen this show before at 85/285.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Spaghetti Junction is also much safer that the 285/400 interchange. I personally know three people who have been in accidents there. One of them passed away on the location that Benevolus mentions below. The merging on 400 North is very dangerous.

gcp
gcp

Not sure on the 85/285 accident stats but the traffic problems are similar to 285/400. The 285 east to 400 north could have been a design flaw from the last upgrade or from the original plan.

But not to worry because in four years Gov. Cagle or Gov. Westmoreland will have a big ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening and traffic will flow fine for a couple years.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Nah, it will be Governor Price. No one who knows Westmoreland thinks he’s running and Cagle’s back issues that kept him out of the race last time will come back out.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Between Johnny & Price you definitely seem to have a favorite congressional district. Who are you going to let take Tom’s place?

The Eiger
The Eiger

I live in Roswell and I’m happy with my congressman and Johnny. If Price were to run for Governor I think the race to replace him will be crazy. The people I’m already hearing are Senator Beach, Senator Albers, Mayors Rusty Paul and David Bell Isle. Karen Handel and Jan Jones have also been mentioned. There are others that are certainly interested, but it’s going to be tough to win the seat unless you are from North Fulton. There is always a chance that the Fulton folks split their base and it allows a North Dekalb person or East Cobb… Read more »

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Beach seems pretty legit and I’d like to see Jan Jones make a good run to breathe life into the otherwise homogeneous pool of potential candidates. Also both are pretty focused on advancing transit in a district which needs it the most. I’m from East Cobb so I was in the sixth back when Newt was more than an afterthought so while I live in the 5th now (#millennial, #henry), I still have a soft spot for the area and would like a good pragmatic (more forward-thinking too, but I get it) champion for the district. Beach and Jones strike… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

“Albers feels kinda pre-packaged and “exactly” to what you said about Judson.” Couldn’t agree more.

Benevolus
Benevolus

285E to 400N is downright dangerous.

blakeage80
blakeage80

If I was in a trolling mood, I’d start complaining about the Mars Hill Rd project going from Athens to Watkinsville. I have to wait almost 5 minutes at the traffic signal turning onto Daniells Bridge.