I-85 Express Lanes
In November of 2008, the United States Department of Transportation Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD) Program awarded a $110 million grant to the Atlanta region to support a $182 million transportation improvement project. The project is designed to provide more reliable travel times, commuter choices, and regional transit enhancements that will double the Xpress service in the I-85 corridor, support Xpress facilities throughout the region, and add more Xpress coaches.
Included in the program was the conversion of a 16-mile stretch I-85 from Old Peachtree Road to Chamblee Tucker Road, just south of I-285, from High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to High Occupancy Toll, or Express Lanes. Since their opening in October 2011, usage of the I-85 Express Lanes has more than tripled.
This CRD initiative is being implemented by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and a number of federal, regional and local transportation partners.
Click on the links below to download fact sheets providing more information about the project.