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NORCROSS: I-85 project to worsen traffic congestion, report says

NORCROSS: I-85 project to worsen traffic congestion, report says

ATLANTA (AP) - A review of records shows that a project to add toll lanes to Interstate 85 in metro Atlanta will make traffic congestion worse for drivers in the regular lanes.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the $60 million project is expected to increase traffic in the regular lanes in order to keep the toll lanes flowing.

The new toll lanes are expected to open next week on parts of I-85 through Gwinnett and DeKalb counties northeast of Atlanta.

A state traffic and revenue study says the regular lanes are expected to gain up to 90 new vehicles per lane, per hour during rush hour.

State Road and Tollway Authority Director Gena Evans said the toll project will give drivers another option if they're willing to pay the tolls.

Gwinnett leaders to meet with airport consultants

Gwinnett leaders to meet with airport consultants

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County commissioners will soon meet publicly with consultants to consider future plans for an airport in Lawrenceville, an issue which has been controversial in recent months.

Commissioners are scheduled to meet Tuesday with IMG, a firm chosen because of its expertise in airport operations to help guide the privatization considerations.

Officials have said that privatization could mean keeping Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field a general aviation airport full of flight schools and small aircraft, or it could open the airport to commercial jets.

Some residents oppose the idea of turning the site into a commercial airport and have expressed concerns about increased traffic and other issues.

Toll lanes less than a month away

Toll lanes less than a month away

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- It won't be long before Gwinnett and DeKalb County drivers will have a choice: to putter in rush hour traffic, or pay for a faster commute.

We now know when the express lanes are going to open up on I-85, between Chamblee Tucker Road and Peachtree Road. Depending on construction and weather, the state will begin charging tolls on Sept. 24 or Oct. 1.

To use that 15 mile stretch of roadway, most drivers will need a Peach Pass. 

"We want to give people the earliest time that it could open so that they can register and go ahead and get a Peach Pass," said State Road and Tollway spokesperson Malika Wilkins.

That means you may have less than a month to get your Peach Pass so the SRTA can figure out how much to charge you for using the lanes. They think everyone should get one.

Weekend lane closures

Weekend lane closures

ATLANTA -- There are literally dozens of construction-related road closures this weekend around Metro Atlanta.

We've compiled a list of GDOT hot spots. Only potentially disruptive lane closures on major interstates and state routes are noted here. Shoulder work is not included.

For real-time traffic conditions throughout the weekend, visit 11alive.com/traffic and www.511ga.org or call 511.

Clayton

I-75 SB at MP 239 (CW Grant entrance ramp)
Friday 9 p.m. - Monday 5 a.m.
Entrance ramp closed

I-75 SB at MP 239 (CW Grant HOV exit ramp)
Friday 9 p.m. - Monday 5 a.m.
Exit ramp closed

Airport security line wait averages 10 minutes

Airport security line wait averages 10 minutes

ATLANTA -- For being the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's security line wait time is about average compared with its major peers.

The average security line wait time in Atlanta is 10 minutes, according to a FareCompare list.

FareCompare used a variety of sources to compile the list, including the U.S.

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

Metro panel hits transportation sales tax target

ATLANTA -- A subcommittee of local elected officials took nearly four hours Monday to hammer out a $6.1 billion list of highway and transit projects to be funded by a proposed regional sales tax.

The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable's Executive Committee voted unanimously for the projects just more than seven hours before a deadline required by transportation funding legislation passed by the General Assembly last year.

RELATED: Full transportation project listing

The bill gave roundtables in 12 regions across Georgia until Aug. 15 to develop preliminary project lists. The final lists that will be submitted to voters in each region next year must be completed by Oct. 15.

Expect delays around Perimeter, town this weekend

Expect delays around Perimeter, town this weekend

ATLANTA -- Weekend road work could create gridlock on the top end of Interstate 285 this weekend. Here's how to get around it and other construction projects across the region.

Clayton/Fulton

I-75 NB from I-285 (Exit 238) to Cleveland Ave. (Exit 244) 
Fri. 9 p.m. - Mon. 5 a.m. 
3 right lanes

I-75 NB from I-85 (Exit 242) to University Ave. (Exit 244)
Fri. 9 p.m.  - Mon 5 a.m. 
3 right lanes