The SR 400 Express Lanes is one of the Major Mobility Investment Program projects to improve mobility along this vital north-south transportation corridor. The project will be part of the larger Georgia Express Lanes network, designed to provide a connected transportation system with reliable trip times for motorists.
The project focuses on adding two, buffer-separated express lanes in each direction between the North Springs MARTA Station and McGinnis Ferry Road. Additionally, one, buffer-separated express lane will be constructed in each direction from McGinnis Ferry Road to McFarland Parkway.
In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing measures in place, the project team recently released an updated visualization video that provides an aerial perspective of the SR 400 Express Lanes project. The below visualization incorporates changes to the project since the Public Information Open Houses (PIOH) in 2019. To view the current concept design, visit the Document Library and select Virtual Information Meeting/PHOH materials.
Interactive Access Point Map
Property owners within the project corridor may see Georgia DOT contractors performing routine vegetation control and lawn maintenance on a regular basis in some areas where early property acquisitions have taken place. Maintenance activities occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
A constructability study was done by our consultant partners in early 2019 and we found that with the addition of bus rapid transit (BRT), opening to traffic on the original timeline (2024) wasn’t feasible. We adjusted the schedule in June 2019 to reflect an open to traffic date of 2026. With this update, project letting shifted a couple of months; however, we are still on track to meet our INFRA grant obligation deadlines.
Project Public Participation
Virtual Information Meeting/Public Hearing Open House
The SR 400 Express Lanes project team is currently hosting a virtual information meeting for the project. In keeping with Governor Kemp’s directive to keep essential state government agencies functioning as Georgia combats the COVID-19 pandemic, Georgia DOT has placed updated project information on an online platform in compliance with social distancing guidelines to avoid large gatherings. The online platform and interactive virtual meeting room houses project information that you would find at an in-person Public Hearing Open House (PHOH) for SR 400 Express Lanes. Click the following link to access the online virtual meeting platform: https://0001757-gdot.hub.arcgis.com/.
The purpose of the virtual information meeting is to showcase project information that has been updated or changed since the Public Information Open House (PIOH) series hosted in early 2019, including review of the draft Environmental Assessment and current concept design. We ask you to submit public comment following your review of the updated project information. Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
On Tuesday, September 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to meet virtually with members from the SR 400 Express Lanes project team for a live presentation, followed by opportunity to ask questions. A link to access the virtual meeting and dial-in information will be posted on the online virtual meeting platform the day of the event: https://0001757-gdot.hub.arcgis.com/.
Due to the virtual format, you can request a formal in-person Public Hearing Open House (PHOH) by attending a drive-through event that complies with CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing and the governor’s executive order. All the materials that will be presented at the in-person event can be found on the online virtual meeting platform and the project website’s Document Library. The PHOH would be by appointment only and is currently scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020, from 5-6 p.m., 6-7 p.m., or 7-8 p.m. at the District 7 office located at 5025 New Peachtree Road Chamblee, GA 30341. To make an appointment to reserve your space, please call 404-556-9816 (voicemail) by September 2, 2020.
Public Information Open Houses
A series of Public Information Open Houses (PIOHs) were held in February and March of 2019. The purpose of the meetings was to provide opportunities for the public to view current plans, ask questions, and provide feedback. More than 1,200 people attended the series and submitted over 550 comments.
The project is in early stages of development, so the initial concept design is underway and access points are still being determined. Based on comments received, along with feedback from the City of Sandy Springs, the project team has evaluated the proposed design of the express lanes at the Northridge area. An alternative has been proposed and while it is not the final design, we are pleased to demonstrate that the Department is serious about listening and responding to concerns from the communities we serve. The alternative that is being considered moving forward can be found here
The next opportunity to provide official comment and feedback about the project will be in mid-2020 at a series of Public Hearing Open Houses (PHOHs).
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 variable 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. Property owners and renters who would benefit from a proposed noise barrier will be given the opportunity to participate in noise barrier voting. Download a noise barrier fact sheet here.
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