Georgia Projects Hope to Ease Traffic Congestion

March 10, 2023
The 41 miles of new highway will cost $2 billion

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is hoping to ease congestion in the Atlanta metro area with funding some projects that are already underway. Officials from GDOT expressed that to lawmakers on Thursday.

Interstate-285 has traffic congestion a lot, especially at its interchanges with other interstate highways. Two of those junctions are part of the short-term plan for highway improvement.

I-295's two connections with I-20 are on GDOT's short list of repairs to help ease congestion.

The most visible metro Atlanta project underway is at Georgia 400 and I-285, a project expected to conclude by the end of this year.

Another widening project on I-85 northeast of Atlanta is expected to finish the third quarter of next year.

On I-285, Georgia is beginning to rebuild the interchange on I-20 and hopes to finish the project in 2025. The opposite side of the perimeter also gets a rebuild, however the state isn't bids on it until 2024.

On I-75 from Henry County to just north of Macon, Georgia plans to build commercial lanes only for trucks alongside the existing interstate in order to provide some relief for northbound traffic by 2031.  

The 41 miles of new highway has a price tag of approximately $2 billion, according to Russell McMurry, the commissioner for GDOT told lawmakers