Updated:MCDONOUGH, Ga. —
The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to add 12 miles of express toll lanes in Clayton and Henry counties, but some drivers are worried they will not help ease traffic congestion.
GDOT’s plan calls for two new lanes to be built on the west side of the highway. The two center lanes will become toll lanes along the 12-mile stretch of Interstate 75 from Highway 138 in Clayton County to Highway 155 in Henry County.
The lanes would be reversible, flowing north in the morning and south in the evening. Depending on demand, the toll rates could reach around $6.50 for a one-way trip.
“You can either opt in to pay the toll or you can continue in the lane that you’re used to and not pay the toll,” Natalie Dale of GDOT said.
Tuesday night, GDOT held a public meeting to give residents a chance to voice their opinion on the proposal.
“That’s $13 a day. That’s not helping me any,” Henry County resident Kathy Fisher said.
Some who live near the corridor said the plan will not help them because their exit will not be accessible from the express lanes, and not everyone can afford it.
“It’s not feasible, it’s not going to work for my budget, so it’s not being made accessible to my budget,” driver Stephanie Sheppard said.
GDOT will hold another information meeting on Thursday, but officials said, beyond negative opinions, it would take something major and unforeseen to derail the project, which is slated to be completed in 2016.
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