shutterstock 171883982NEW

Feds to give $184M for Express Lanes on Ga. 400

Project to begin 2021

By: Denise Ray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced nearly $1.5 billion in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program in early June.

In a news release, Rep. Rob Woodall, who represents portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will announce $184 million in Infrastructure For Rebuilding America grant funds for the Georgia Department of Transportation for the construction of the express lanes.

“Make no mistake, this kind of success doesn’t just happen. It is a result of the amazing partnership and leadership we have back home,” Woodall, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in the release. “Forsyth County residents, Seventh District constituents and Georgians in general have led by example when it comes to investing our own dollars, time and resources to building and improving our communities and infrastructure.”

“These INFRA grants will empower states and communities to make significant long-term infrastructure improvements that will shape transportation and mobility for decades to come,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The project will add two express lanes on each side of the road from the North Springs Marta Station in Sandy Springs to McGinnis Ferry Road and one express lane in each direction from McGinnis Ferry to McFarland Parkway. Express lanes are optional toll lanes along existing lanes aimed at allowing drivers to bypass congestion. They are not planned to reduce the number of normal lanes on the road, including new lanes funded through a $200 million transportation bond approved by voters in 2014.

INFRA grants create opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the necessary processes for building significant projects, and increasing accountability for the projects that are built, according to the US Department of Transportation website.

The project is currently undergoing traffic analysis, coordination with stakeholders and environmental fieldwork. The next steps include an environmental phase, future traffic volume forecasting and right of way acquisition work.

The community will have a chance to give input on the project in September, and plans will solidify in 2019. Construction is slated to begin in 2021 and be completed by 2024.

Newest Stories - News

Dawson, Pickens announce 2018 general election schedule

Dawson, Pickens announce 2018 general election schedule

Book signing at Smoke Signals Oktoberfest tent

Book signing at Smoke Signals Oktoberfest tent

Dawson Chamber’s Women in Action program well-received

Dawson Chamber’s Women in Action program well-received

ArtsBridge Hosts FREE Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

ArtsBridge Hosts FREE Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Get ready for fall with pet-friendly indoor gardening

Get ready for fall with pet-friendly indoor gardening

Meet local authors at Smoke Signals Oktoberfest tent

Meet local authors at Smoke Signals Oktoberfest tent

Honey Dip Saloon open for Saturday football

Honey Dip Saloon open for Saturday football

‘California dreaming’ theme of BCAR Wine Fundraiser

‘California dreaming’ theme of BCAR Wine Fundraiser

Bear Society delivers a busy October

Bear Society delivers a busy October

PCAP’S Margy Lohman honored for 25 years of service…

PCAP’S Margy Lohman honored for 25 years of service

Free Hearing Screening on October 23

Free Hearing Screening on October 23

Time to update your 2019 Community Directory information

It’s time to update your 2019 Community Directory information

2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

180923-N-FF029-2034 PACIFIC OCEAN

180923-N-FF029-2034 PACIFIC OCEAN

New car museum to include Herbie, Batmobile, rare vintage cars

New car museum to include Herbie, Batmobile, rare vintage cars

Advertisement

SmokeSignals Online
11293 Big Canoe
Big Canoe, GA 30143
PH: 706-669-7095

©2018 Big Canoe News