• Express lanes hit record prices for 2nd day in a row

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Drivers may have a little sticker shock during their evening commute. 

    The I-85 hot lanes reached a record of more than $15 for the second day in a row Tuesday morning. 

    New dynamic pricing went into effect last Monday. The Tollway Authority says the new system gives more flexibility to lower and raise the per-mile charge based on traffic conditions and congestion. 

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach tested out the express lanes, which did appear to be going faster than the free lanes. 

    Gehlbach says the toll hit the record during Tuesday morning's rush hour as he cruised along near Sugarloaf Parkway. 

    Only a week into the change, the price for the full ride in from Old Peachtree to Shallowford Road spiked to $15.50. 


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    The idea of increasing the toll prices is to make them more expensive so drivers won't use them. Officials hope that will keep the express lanes moving faster than the free lanes. 

    The previous toll record of $13.95 was set two years ago. That maximum was met nearly every weekday during rush hour. 

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