As of Friday, September 16, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Drivers have two weeks to prepare for tolls on Interstate 85.
Officials announced an Oct. 1 opening date for the new managed lane system that replaces the high-occupancy lanes from Chamblee-Tucker Road to Old Peachtree Road.
The date, which is two months after the original plans to open, is contingent on weather and testing.
During the next two weeks, crews will work to add the final touches to the lanes, including signage about the tolls.
But drivers will not be charged until Oct. 1, officials said.
Tolls will vary from 10 cents to 90 cents a mile based on the congestion at the time.
The lane will remain free for motorcyclists and alternative fuel vehicles, but whereas the carpool lane once allowed cars with two people, the toll will only be waived after October if there are three people in the car.
Everyone, even those driving in the lane for free, must have a Peach Pass. To sign up for an account, go to www.peachpass.com or call 1-877-PCH-PASS.