FAQs About Cobb, Cherokee Counties’ New Interstate Toll Lanes
NORTHWEST GEORGIA – September 5, 2018 (mdjonline.com) An article online at mdjonline.com answers some frequently asked questions about the new reversible toll lanes on Interstate 75 and Interstate 575 in Cobb County and Cherokee County, Georgia.*
What is the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project?
The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project adds almost 30 miles of reversible toll lanes to I-75 — from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Road — and to I-757 — from I-75 to Sixes Road — in Cobb and Cherokee counties. The project costs about $830 million and will add two express lanes on the interstates that will run southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening. The goal of the project is to provide drivers opportunities to bypass traffic.
How will the express lanes work?
Drivers who want to bypass traffic can use the express lanes at several different locations. Some entrances and exits for the express lanes will operate like on/off ramps, and others will give drivers access from the general lanes on the interstate. There will be a cost to use the express lanes each time, and the cost will change based on the day and the demand. Costs will be higher during periods of heavy traffic. Drivers wishing to use the express lanes need to obtain a Peach Pass transponder and register their vehicles.
How will the state use the toll money?
Revenue generated from the express tolls will be used to repay the state’s debt incurred when rebuilding the lanes, as well as to fund the operation and maintenance of the lanes. When the debt is completely repaid, the state will use toll revenue to fund other transportation projects.
To read more FAQ answers about the express toll lanes, go to the article linked above.
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