GDOT: $834M reversible lane project adds 4 exits in Cobb
by Hilary Butschek
August 10, 2014 04:00 AM | 9928 views | 5 5 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A rendering of the proposed project shows two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of Interstate 75 in Cobb.<br>Special to the MDJ
A rendering of the proposed project shows two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of Interstate 75 in Cobb.
Special to the MDJ
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A detailed description of the $834 million reversible lanes project on Interstate 75 released by the state this week shows a detailed map of four new exits to be installed in Cobb County.

The 30-mile project will create two new tolled, reversible lanes on the west side of I-75.

Groundbreaking of the managed lanes in Cobb is set for September, said Natalie Dale, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

In north Cobb, one reversible lane will be added to a portion of I-575. One reversible lane will also be added to the portion of I-75 that runs north of where I-75 intersects with I-575.

The new exits can only be used to get onto the new reversible lanes, said John Hancock, the project manager.

The exits, which can be used to get on and off the highway, will be built in different locations from where the exits from I-75 are located now.

“We wanted to put the new exits where interchanges weren’t already in place, so that we don’t increase traffic in those areas,” he said.

Hancock estimated construction on the new exits won’t start until September 2015.

Tim Lee, the chairman of the Cobb Board of Commissioners, said he thinks the project will ease traffic in Cobb.

“The reason I think (the new exits) will be a positive is they’re at non-I-75 locations, so the exits onto the managed lanes have their own locations. So, they won’t create additional traffic in those areas,” Lee said.

One new exit will be on Roswell Road by the Big Chicken.

Another new exit will be at Terrell Mill Road, between the existing exits at Delk Road and Windy Hill Road.

Two more exits will be created to get onto the managed lanes in Cumberland at the intersection of I-285 and at Akers Mill Road.

Drivers will also be able to get onto the managed lanes from I-575 where it intersects with I-75.

With the new exits added, drivers will have four exits to choose from to get onto the new reversible lanes of I-75.

Drivers can get onto the existing lanes of I-75 by the five exits already in place.

“I think the managed lanes project is going to be an absolute positive project to help ease some of the transportation concerns,” Lee said.

Hancock said the new lanes will not look the same as the usual highway exits. The exits will have two lanes, but only one will be open at a time. Which one is open will depend on which way traffic is flowing.

Hancock said traffic will flow southbound during the morning rush hour and northbound during the evening rush hour on the two reversible lanes, but the department has not yet decided on specifics.

Details about where toll booths will be on the managed lanes have not been decided, Hancock said.

“There will be barrier gates on the section of the exit that is closed, and those lanes will not be able to be accessed,” Hancock said.

The roads where new exits will be built might experience some traffic during construction, Hancock said.

“There will be some impact to traffic, but they’re only allowed to work on those roads in non-peak hours,” Hancock said.

Drivers should only see construction crews on Roswell Road and Terrell Mill Road during evening or early morning hours, Hancock said.

Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin said he wanted people to know more about the project and was excited the departments were communicating more with the public.

“It’s great that we’re giving people notice of when (construction projects are) coming,” Tumlin said.

Tumlin said residents should expect a lot of orange cones on the road in the years to come.

“Those driving on (Highway) 41 and in the I-75 corridor, buckle your seat belts,” Tumlin said. “We’re going to be inconvenienced, but we’re going to have a better transportation system in Marietta.”

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w00t
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August 11, 2014
Roads are supposed to be a public service! Why not just correct the actual problems with 75/575 in Cobb so EVERYONE can get to work on time!

This is no different that privately run prisons. You pay more for much worse service! It's cheaper if everyone kicks in a portion of the road cost and then have local DOT manage it.
prisons r prisons
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August 15, 2014
They have decided the prisons with all the pot smokers are just too expensive, so they are expanding the prison system where we all pay for our own cell: The car

By the way roads are not a public service. They just sit there, serving no one, doing nothing but creating storm water issues when it rains.

The bus or a rail system, those are a public service. They do something. Anyone in the public can use them without having to spend thousands of dollars per year on some car to make use of a "public service".
Not A Lee Fan
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August 11, 2014
What a waste of money. Will just turn I75 into a bigger parking lot as it will still have bottlenecks by those braves fans and others trying to get to the i75 exits. Hey DOT, Just widen the highway and fix the Windy Hill to 285 West merge.
Waste of $
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August 10, 2014
What a waste of money. All that was needed was an additional lane or two in each direction. What we are getting is a two lane tollway for a billion dollars! Better yet get everyone off the cell phone and back to driving.
yeah that worked
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August 15, 2014
Yeah, an additional lane or two in each direction worked out so well the last dozen times, so let's keep doing that.

The best thing we could do is dig up I-75 and make a linear park with elevated rail transit.

Think "beltline but bigger." Think of being a leader in the world instead of a follower who is always really late because of traffic.
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