State transportation officials are planning new toll lanes on an interstate south of Atlanta, in Clayton and Henry counties. Georgia Department of Transportation officials outlined the plans during a public meeting Tuesday in McDonough.
Transportation officials say the tolls on Georgia 400, a busy commuter route on the north side of Atlanta, will end later this year. The State Road and Tollway Authority plans to remove the .50-cent toll booths the week before Thanksgiving, weather permitting.
The cost to use interstate toll roads in metro Atlanta, which has been steadily rising in recent months, has hit a new record. WSB-TV reports that motorists during Friday morning's rush hour paid a record $6.35 to use the lanes.
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.