Updated:ATLANTA, Ga. —
Georgia 400 commuters are seeing a difference in traffic now that the new flyovers are open, and the toll booths are coming down. That’s because it’s taking a lot longer to change drivers' habits.
The flyovers connect Georgia 400 to I-85 north and southbound and they've been open just about a month now.
Channel 2’s Richard Elliot obtained data for how traffic was affected for the first two weeks of those flyovers and add into that the impact now that the Georgia 400 toll booths are coming down.
Traffic volumes are up, 7.5 percent northbound on Georgia 400 at Sidney Marcus and 4.7 percent southbound.
GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale says they still expect to see a traffic increase closer to 10 to 18 percent, but she says it's hard to get commuters to change their driving habits. She talked about traffic pressure along Sidney Marcus Boulevard and Lenox Road.
“We think as people travel more in this area and get used to it, we'll see some higher numbers on 400; hopefully some higher numbers on the ramp and lower numbers in that residential community area,” said Dale.
Dale will have more on what the numbers mean and other details about the flyovers' impact on Channel 2 Action News This morning.