I-285 Top End West Express Lanes
I-285 Top End West Express Lanes
The I-285 Top End West Express Lanes focuses on adding two new at-grade and elevated, barrier-separated express lanes in both directions of I-285 between Paces Ferry Road and SR 400.
This is one of the two construction packages part of the I-285 Top End Express Lanes project, one of the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) projects to improve mobility along the northern segment of I-285 in metro Atlanta, one of the most heavily-traveled and congested interstate highways in America.
Through the development of the MMIP, we have considered industry feedback regarding the quantity and timing of major procurements, as well as the size of the procurement packages. After assessing the state of the program, the I-285 Top End Express Lanes project will be constructed into two smaller packages to maximize competition, maintain competitive pricing, and phase construction for improved maintenance of traffic during construction.
- Late 2020/Early 2021
2006Evaluated options to increase mobility on I-285 through Revive285 project. Notice of Intent (NOI) issued
2009Updated Managed Lane System Plan
2012Opened the I-285/Ashford Dunwoody Road diverging diamond interchange (DDI), one of the high-priority operational improvements proposed as part of Revive285. Widened Roswell Road bridge over I-285, one of the high-priority improvements proposed as part of Revive285
2016Opened the I-285/Riverside Drive roundabout, one of the operational improvements proposed as part of Revive285. Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) announced
2017Opened the I-75/Windy Hill Road diverging diamond interchange (DDI), one of the operational improvements proposed as part of Revive285
2017Began construction on the Transform 285/400project, one of the projects originally proposed as part of Revive285. This project is scheduled to open to traffic in late-2020.
2018Began construction on the Transform 285/400 project, one of the projects originally proposed as part of Revive285. This project is scheduled to open to traffic in late-2020.
2019Hosted community meetings for rescission of original Notice of Intent (NOI) of the Revive285 project and issuance of new NOI for I-285 Top End Express Lanes project.
2019/2021Right-of-way acquisition Regardless of the design, this is what is needed for constructability purposes.
2020Public Information Open Houses (PIOHs) Offers more information about the project, shows initial concept layout, and provides opportunities for public feedback and comments
Late 2020/ Early 2021Public Hearing Open Houses (PHOHs) Opportunities for view a more advanced concept and the environmental document, as well as offers a chance for public feedback and comments.
2020Procurement starts to bring a developer on board for the I-285 Top End East Express Lanes
2022/2023Awarded developer begins final design of the I-285 Top End East Express Lanes project. The consultant teams design an initial 30% of the project. The design is handed over to the selected developer to complete and construct.
2023Procurement starts to bring a developer on board for the I-285 Top End West Express Lanes
2023Construction begins on the I-285 Top End East Express Lanes
2025/2026Awarded developer begins final design of the I-285 Top End West Express Lanes project The consultant teams design an initial 30% of the project. The design is handed over to the selected developer to complete and construct.
2026Construction begins on the I-285 Top End West Express Lanes
2028I-285 Top End East Express Lanes open to traffic
2032I-285 Top End West Express Lanes open to traffic
The I-285 Top End Express Lanes is in the early stages of development, so the initial concept design is underway and access points are still being determined. The project team is coordinating and collaborating with our partners, such as DeKalb and Fulton counties, the Top End Mayors, and the ATL on future transit and transportation endeavors.
Project Public Participation
Public Information Open Houses
A series of Public Information Open Houses (PIOHs) will be held in January 2020 for the I-285 Top End Express Lanes, which includes this construction package. The purpose of these meetings is to provide opportunities for the public to view current plans, ask questions, and provide feedback. More information about dates, times, and locations will be published soon.
Georgia Express Lanes
The Georgia Express Lanes are a network of optional, priced managed lanes that run alongside existing interstates in some of the most congested corridors around metro Atlanta. These lanes provide motorists and transit customers with a choice for more reliable trip times during peak travel periods. The result is a network of lanes that provide more reliable and predictable travel times. All Georgia Express Lanes rely on dynamic pricing, with toll rates rising as demand increases during peak periods of travel and falling at off-peak times. Read more here.
Noise barriers will be evaluated as part of this project in accordance with the Georgia DOT noise policy and Federal Highway Administration noise regulations. As the environmental field work and roadway design moves forward, property owners and renters who are eligible for a proposed noise barrier will be notified of the opportunity to participate in noise barrier voting. Download a noise barrier fact sheet here.
Email: TopEndWestExpressLanes@dot.ga.gov (sign up for updates)
Phone: 404-978-7490 (voicemail)
Mailing Address: Georgia Department of Transportation
One Georgia Center | 600 West Peachtree NW
Atlanta, GA 30308