Friday, September 28, 2012
A well-used ramp is getting a makeover.
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- Patch Staff
Friday, September 28, 2012
The Abernathy Road northbound ramp to GA 400 will close for overnight paving beginning tonight (Friday), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced in a press release. Crews will close the ramp from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. During the closure traffic will be directed to use Hammond Drive to reach GA 400 north. In an effort to improve merging onto GA 400 north, the ramp will be widened to two lanes and extended. The contract for this work also includes a project underway in Forsyth County, where crews are extending the third lane northbound from its current end north of McGinnis Ferry Road to the Big Creek Greenway Bridge. This will eventually give commuters two new miles of roadway. The work is expected to cost $3.…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The transit agency continues its study of the GA 400 corridor from I-285 north to McGinnis Ferry Road, and stopped in Alpharetta to get input from local business and community officials.
More than 90 of North Fulton's business and community leaders heard an update last Thursday on a study by MARTA in its Connect 400 Transit Initiative - and now the transit agency wants your input. Connect 400 is an “Alternatives Analysis” - an 18-month study of the Georgia 400 corridor from I-285 north to McGinnis Ferry Road, as explained by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, one of the hosts of the breakfast forum held at its offices. The study will begin to identify the needs and look at alternatives for more high-capacity transit in the corridor. "Basically they are doing the study just to look at all the alternatives along 400. What would be the alternative to extending transit up 400, what would it look like, what would it …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Interested in learning more about a new roadway that would connect east and west Roswell? Stop by Mimosa Elementary, Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The city of Roswell will host a Big Creek Parkway community workshop Wednesday evening to go over the potential for a new roadway that would help alleviate local traffic congestion and provide better connectivity between the eastern and western portions of the city. The proposed project is a new roadway from Warsaw Road just north of Holcomb Bridge Road, extending to the east across SR 400 (with a bridge) between the Holcomb Bridge Road and Mansell Road interchanges. The new road would then connect to the existing intersection of Old Alabama Road and Holcomb Woods Parkway and end at Holcomb Bridge Road. The proposed roadway would include a sidewalk and bicycle path to make walking and biking more convenient in the area. There is no access…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Toll removal champion, Garland Favorito, reminds people the State Road and Tollway Authority still has to vote on Gov. Nathan Deal's pledge to remove Ga. 400 tolls next year and argues why they should be taken out now.
It's been a long time coming and while some are thrilled with the July 19 announcement that Gov. Nathan Deal has pledged to remove the Ga. 400 toll booth in December of next year, others feel it's not soon enough. Lead by Roswell resident, Garland Favorito, VoterGa’s Free Ga. 400 project leaders have called for the removal of the toll since it was extended during 2010. The group presented Deal with 400 petitions on July 17 requesting that he adhere to the original Ga. 400 construction agreements between Atlanta and the state, according to a recent press release from VoterGa. "We are encouraged that Gov. Deal has once again pledged to remove the toll so that all Georgia transportation projects are funded in an equal manner for all Georgians…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Governor said the state can't pay off bonds tied to toll revenue until after Dec. 1, 2013, or it would pay a penalty.
Gov. Nathan Deal promises that an end to tolls on GA 400 is in sight - though it won't be until after Dec. 1, 2013. The Governor said bonds issued by the state will be paid off by that time, allowing the tolls to be removed. This will stop collection four years earlier than previously planned, according to a release sent out this morning. “Ga. 400 commuters have paid more than their fair share already, and this is the earliest we can bring it down without paying a penalty for early repayment of the bonds,” Deal said. “When the Ga. 400 toll went up, the state of Georgia promised commuters that it wasn’t forever. If we don’t keep that promise, we lose the faith of the people.” Commuters expected the GA 400 toll to come down after 20 years, …
Friday, July 6, 2012
The annual cycling event will shut down part of Ga. 400 for several hours on Sunday, July 8. Registration is still open to riders who want to participate.
If you're not prepared, Ga. 400 Hospitality Highway Century Ride is one of those sights that might make you believe you're seeing things; which is unsurprising since it's not everyday you see hundreds of cyclists traveling down a highway that is normally packed with motorists. The annual ride begins at Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell before winding its way down Ga. 400 through Sandy Springs, Milton, Roswell, Johns Creek and Alpharetta. Open to cyclists over 12-years-old, there are 9-mile, 23-mile, 60-mile, and 100-mile options. (Click on the mile option links for a PDF of each ride's exact route.) Riders of both the 60-mile and 100-mile rides will climb the "Three Sisters," three short climbs near the end of the ride in Roswell. In total, …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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A Roswell man is hoping to inspire a grassroots effort to get rid of the Ga. 400 tolls that were extended two years ago by the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), reports Channel 2. Officially completed in 1993, the Ga. 400 tolls were supposed to end in 2011, but the SRTA voted to extend them until 2020. Now Roswell resident Garland Favorito wants Gov. Nathan Deal to make good on a promise to bring down the "Buckhead Wall" and end the toll, which he said now pays for projects other than Ga. 400, as previously reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution's PolitiFact. The AJC reports that Favorito will hold a press conference in July to deliver a petition to the governor. Speak Out: How do you feel about the tolls? Should they come …
Monday, May 14, 2012
The state is allowing motorists to drive on only two sections of southbound shoulders on the highway during morning rush hours.
Motorists can start using GA 400 shoulder lanes during the morning rush hour starting today, but it's only for southbound travel and limited to sections between Holcomb Bridge Road and the North Springs MARTA Station. Time 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., weekdays only Place Southbound only: Don't drive on any other southbound shoulder lane, or any northbound shoulder lane on GA 400. If caught, keep in mind that unauthorized driving on a shoulder is a misdemeanor punishable by as much as 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. You'll be sharing those shoulder lanes with transit buses from both MARTA and GRTA. But no trucks with six or more axles are allowed. Cars will still stall or be involved in wrecks, so GDOT HERO and maintenance workers will make …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Motorists will be able to use the far right shoulder in two of the most congested sections of GA 400 north of I-285.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
GRTA buses have been using the shoulders to avoid the worst traffic congestion for several years, but now in two southbound sections of Ga. 400 all motorists will have the same opportunity. Beginning Monday, May 14 the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will allow southbound motorists to drive on the outside (far right) shoulder lane of the most congested sections along Georgia 400 during morning commute hours. This will be in effect at two locations: But don't try this on weekends or after the morning rush hour. The roadway shoulders will be accessible for commuting only from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Mondays through Friday. Drivers entering southbound Ga. 400 from Holcomb Bridge Road during these times will have two dedicated …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A change is coming for North Fulton commuters, says Sandy Springs Police Spokesman Steve Rose. Even though you hear the blaring siren of the emergency vehicle coming up on you, don’t freak out.
Okay, here’s the thing. I know that you’re already saying to yourself “Driving on Ga. 400 couldn’t get much more fun than it is.” Well, it’s going to. Yes. The new reality show called “Flex Lanes” is coming to 400 on May 14. For those of you who are not familiar, let me explain: The following was proposed and put into play by Governor Nathan Deal: Beginning on May 14, a Monday, the southbound lanes from Holcomb Bridge Road south to the North Springs MARTA Station will include the lane, formerly known as the emergency lane, now called the Flex Lane. The emergency lane is that lane all the way to the right which has been in the past, used for emergencies and those wanting to exit onto Northridge from 400 southbound and occasionally, those …