Authorities say they plan to quit collecting tolls on Georgia 400 in late November and begin dismantling the giant toll plaza in January. In 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the end of the .50-cent tolls and said the toll booths -- near the northern edge of Atlanta -- would be removed.
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.
Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the end of tolls on Georgia Highway 400 by the end of next year. He tied the announcement to the metro Atlanta area's upcoming transportation tax referendum on the July 31 primary ballot.
The Atlanta Hawks plan to cover the tolls drivers normally pay on Georgia 400 during Tuesday morning's rush hour. The team said in a statement it will pay the 50-cent tolls from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday to promote the return of NBA basketball after a labor agreement was reached, ending a lockout.