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.
“I acted as quickly as the state’s contractual obligations allowed to bring down the Ga. 400 toll,” Deal said in a release. “I pledged during my campaign for governor that I’d bring down the toll as the state promised commuters it would do when it opened the toll more than two decades ago. Today’s announcement is a big step toward making that happen.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that tearing down the toll plaza is a yearlong project that is estimated to cost $3.5 million. Officials selected Southeastern Site Development Inc. of Newnan for the work. The company could start setting up operations at the site as early as September.
Carnell Roberts, 32, told the newspaper she uses the highway for her drive between Atlanta and Alpharetta and will be glad to see the toll booths go.
“It’s about time!” she said, “I would love to save 50 cents every time I drive.”
State officials have said they anticipate an 18 percent increase in traffic volume once the tolls are removed.
About 119,000 drivers use the Ga. 400 extension on weekdays, and the toll generates about $59,000 a day.