• Toll lanes now cost drivers in south metro Atlanta

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - It will cost you if you want to get through the commute a little faster south of metro Atlanta.

    The new express lanes on Interstate 75 are no longer free.

    Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach was on the road in Henry County monitoring the tolls for Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

    He said the tolls were set at the minimum 10 cents per mile, with 50 cents the lowest you'll pay for a trip.

    But the tolls can go up to a maximum 90-cents a mile. Which for the full 12 miles in the morning, from Locust Grove all the way to the end past the 675-split, could be over $10.


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    The dynamic pricing is similar to the hot lanes on I-85 in Gwinnett, but one difference: everyone pays. It's not free to carpools or motorcycles.

    The only way to pay is through a Peach Pass.

     

    Express lanes now open and costing drivers in south metro Atlanta.
    Express lanes now open and costing drivers in south metro Atlanta.

    The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Tollway Authority expect the tolls to go up to around 35-cents a mile on a typical morning as they become more popular, so about $4 for the full ride.

    But that could be a lot more if there's a backup or crash in the main lanes.

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