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More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett
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More toll lanes proposed for I-85 in Gwinnett

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Ten miles of new toll lanes are proposed for Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County. The new lanes would be constructed north of the existing I-85 Express lanes and be located entirely within Gwinnett County.

Lanes would begin on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and would extend to Hamilton Mill Road.

A public meeting and open house sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Monday and Oct. 2.

"These lanes will be designed to improve traffic flow, increase options for motorists and transit and registered vanpool customers, provide reliable trip times, create jobs and bring economic benefits to the residents of this region," the Georgia Department of Transportation says on its website.

And like existing I-85 toll lanes, the new lanes would be managed by a variable priced tolling system.

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In addition, new auxiliary lanes are proposed for construction to keep traffic moving in the congested areas of the corridor. Auxiliary lanes are constructed between on- and off -ramps to allow drivers a safe way to merge into traffic while also preventing bottlenecks caused by drivers attempting to enter or exit the freeway, the highway department said.

Georgia DOT staff will provide information on the proposed project at a public meeting on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field in Gwinnett.

Two public Open House sessions are also planned. Sessions are Monday at Gwinnett Center Atrium Gallery, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Oct. 2 at Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Highway 53, Braselton, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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