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Express lane toll hits $6.05 high

Express lane toll hits $6.05 high

ATLANTA -- The cost to use interstate tolls in metro Atlanta has soared in recent weeks and hit a new record this week.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that motorists paid a record $6.05 to use the lanes Tuesday morning.

Rates for the so-called HOT lanes on Interstate 85 northeast of Atlanta have steadily increased in the past year, from $4.70 in February to $5 in April.

Gena L. Evans, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, said the price hit $6 at times last week and on Monday before setting Tuesday's record.

SRTA officials have say they've issued nearly 200,000 Peach Passes.

The I-85 toll lanes span about 16 miles from near Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, to Old Peachtree Road in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

Briscoe Field will not go private

Briscoe Field will not go private

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Commission has unanimously voted against privatizing Briscoe Field.

Proponents of privatization had wanted the commission to postpone Tuesday's vote since they were short on support. Former Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, a big backer, stepped down last week after pleading guilty in federal court to accepting bribes.

Opponents of privatization didn't want any delays. They had long expressed concerns over more noise at the airport if regularly-scheduled jet passenger service began.

Turns out Lasseter's vote wouldn't have mattered since all the commissioners voted against privatization.

 

City begins work to reconstruct Buford Highway as context-sensitive roadway

City begins work to reconstruct Buford Highway as context-sensitive roadway

The City of Suwanee will implement a nearly $3.3 million Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant, received through the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), to reconstruct a portion of Buford Highway as a context-sensitive roadway that will safely accommodate multiple modes of transportation and help connect residents and visitors to a variety of activity centers.

Rather than simply widening Buford Highway, as many communities seem interested in doing, Suwanee’s plans call for the thoroughfare to remain a two-lane road with the addition of sidewalks, multiuse trails, landscaped medians, additional streetscaping, operational improvements such as turn lanes, and a potential roundabout in order to accommodate additional modes of transportation, calm existing traffic, encourage Town Center-like development, and provide safer pedestrian access.

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

SUWANEE: Vision Airlines begins flying to Bahamas

SUWANEE: Vision Airlines begins flying to Bahamas

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Vision Airlines plans to start running flights between five U.S. cities and the Bahamas.

Bryan Glazer, a spokesman for the Suwanee-based, low-fare airline, says the new flights start Thursday.

They will fly to Freeport International Airport on Grand Bahama Island from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Md.; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Fla.; Raleigh-Durham International Airport, N.C.; Richmond International Airport, Va. and Louisville International Airport, Ky.

Glazer says the new flights are part of a strategy to revitalize the tourism economy in the Bahamas and to fill gaps at some U.S. airports in the wake of airline consolidation.

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

Traffic impacted this Sunday due to Atlanta Marathon

 

Expect road closures on Sunday as runners discover Atlanta one mile at a time at the Atlanta Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 30, 2011. The 26.2 mile urban course starts and finishes at Atlantic Station taking participants on a tour of Atlanta past well-known Atlanta sites and neighborhoods such as Georgia Tech, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Turner Field, Grant Park, Oakland Cemetery, Martin Luther King Center, Piedmont Park, Buckhead and the famous Peachtree Road.

Below are some important resources for spectators and residents / businesses located along the course.

Gwinco Blvd renamed Celebration Drive

Gwinco Blvd renamed Celebration Drive

As part of the now completed Georgia Department of Transportation project to extend McGinnis Ferry Road 2.7 miles from Satellite Boulevard, across I-85, to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, the City of Suwanee has renamed Gwinco Boulevard. The road’s new name is Celebration Drive.

“The City has for several years had a vision for this particular section of the Suwanee Gateway to serve as a hospitality hub,” says Special Projects Coordinator Toni Shrewsbury. “A component of our plans called for changing the road’s name. This seemed like an opportune time to do so with the conclusion of this significant road project that’s really improving traffic flow and safety in the area.”

A new road, Celebration Connector, links Celebration Drive to Old Peachtree Road.

Several hotels and restaurants are located on Celebration Drive. For safety reasons, access to and from Celebration Drive at both ends is limited to right-in and right-out only.