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Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 3:27am

Feds Approve Lower I-85 Tolls

Updated: 2 years ago.
Deal's spokesman Brian Robinson said the HOT lanes on I-85 were not being used during the non-peak hours during weekdays, at night and on weekends. So the governor asked the federal government to approve lower tolls at those times. (Photo Courtesy of Ian Britton via FreeFoto.com.)

Federal authorities have approved Gov. Nathan Deal's request that tolls be lowered on Interstate 85 during non-peak hours.

It's the latest step in efforts to improve the traffic flow in the so-called HOT lanes on I-85 in parts of Gwinnett and DeKalb counties.

Deal's spokesman Brian Robinson told CBS Atlanta the lanes were not being used during the non-peak hours during weekdays, at night and on weekends. Officials hope that by lowering the toll, more drivers will use them during the off-peak hours.

WSB-TV reported the tolls could be lowered to as little as one penny per mile.

The State Road and Tollway Authority is expected to vote on the change next week.