Feds to give $184M for Express Lanes on Ga. 400
Project to begin 2021
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.