Georgia Highway Construction – Steady Work for Years to Come

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Here are a few facts from the Georgia Department of Transportation about the many roads projects planned over the coming decade. 

We need more and better roads! Georgia is now the eighth-largest state, based on population, with the tenth-largest transportation network. Unfortunately, metro Atlanta is the ninth-most congested U.S. city. For our growth and quality of life, we need to improve mobility.

Currently, 11 major projects are approved. 
− I-285/20 East interchange improvements
− I-285/20 West interchange improvements
− I-285 West express lanes added
− I-285 East express lanes added
− SR 400 express lanes added
− Revive I-285 Top End with Express Lanes
− I-85 North widening from Hamilton Mill Road to SR 211
− I-85 North widening from SR 211 to U.S. 129
− I-75 truck lanes from SR 155 (McDonough) to I-485
− I-16 widening from I-516 to I-95
− I-16/95 interchange improvements

By 2030, the 11 road projects planned will reduce delays by:
− More than 19,000 hours daily along GA 400
− More than 6,000 hours daily on the top end of I-285
− An estimated 1,600 hours daily on I-285 West
− 69 percent on I-85, from SR 211 to U.S. 129
− 32 percent on I-16, from I-516 to I-95

The economic benefits of these 11 projects (from 2030-2040):
− An additional $2 billion in the Gross State Product (GSP) in 2030
− Approximately 13,000 additional permanent jobs
− Approximately $1 billion in additional personal income for residents

Benefits to Georgia drivers include:
− 5 percent reduction in traffic delays in 2030 alone
− 331 new lane miles for increased mobility
− Improved delivery of goods to keep Georgia competitive
− Decreased transportation costs for residents/businesses

The cost of doing nothing by 2030:
− An additional 1.5 million vehicle miles travelled each day