Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Lawrenceville LAWRENCEVILLE -- Peach Passes will soon be in service, with officials projecting a start date for tolls along Interstate 85.
While some final steps to the construction of the high-occupancy toll lanes still must be completed, the State Road and Tollway Authority's spokeswoman Malika Wilkins said operations will begin either Saturday, Sept. 24 or Saturday, Oct. 1.
Crews must complete some signage and striping along the 16-mile corridor between Chamblee-Tucker Road and Old Peachtree Road. Wilkins said some testing of the technology also needs to be complete before the final start date is set.
"All of this is contingent on weather," she said. "We'll confirm a date as we get more testing in."
In the meantime, SRTA is continuing its marketing of the Peach Pass, the transponder express lane drivers must have, even if they plan to carpool and use the lanes for free.
Since registration opened June 27, nearly 8,600 accounts have been set up. A Peach Pass costs $20, which will be applied to the use of the managed lanes, where tolls will change based on the traffic in the corridor.
For more information or to register, go to www.peachpass.com or call 1-855-PCH-PASS (1-855-724-7277).