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New access point added for HOT lane

LAWRENCEVILLE -- By Monday morning, crews are expected to add a new access point to Interstate 85's southbound HOT lane.

The access will begin with dashed lines south of the Ga. Highway 120 overpass, officials said, bisecting an eight-mile stretch where drivers could not enter the toll lane.

Temporary signage has been added, and crews will begin working at 10 a.m. Sunday to restripe the road. If weather permits, the work will take about an hour.

The lack of access around the Sugarloaf Parkway area was a complaint that could be addressed along the controversial 16-mile HOT lanes corridor.

The long stretch caused Gwinnett Transit buses to be rerouted and others to change their commute.

"This allows the ... express buses not to have to travel north to go south to get into the express lanes," State Road and Tollway Authority Director Gena Evans said. "It's important to make sure we accomodate those buses."

Evans said the set-up is somewhat complicated because the I-85 southbound access point is near where the HOT lane from Ga. Highway 316 enters the interstate. That is a unique situation nationally.

"We'll be watching it very closely to see the effects on that merge," she said.

Comments

R 2 years, 2 months ago

We're in your pocket, We're in your pocket.

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HonestIngine 2 years, 2 months ago

This really makes me want to use the HOT lane.....I'm on board... Let me pay more money for the use of our public roads...So much for Eisenhower's free interstate highway system.

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JohnGalt 2 years, 2 months ago

"..."This allows the ... express buses not to have to travel north to go south to get into the express lanes," State Road and Tollway Authority Director Gena Evans said. "It's important to make sure we accomodate those buses."..."

LOL, that statement alone is worth repeating. So the buses had to go north to go south did they? There is incredibly stupid and then there is the SRTA. They didn't have to go north to go south. They could simply go south, and jump into the HOT lane when they arrived upon a place to do so. You know...like the rest of us commoners have to do if we ever wanted to use the HOT lane.

Their idiocy alone is reason enough not to trust them to do what is in the best interest of the community, let alone the right thing to do.

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news2me 2 years, 2 months ago

I thought the Occupy leaders were suppose to tackle the HOT lanes? LOL, We should demand Occupy stand by their promise rid Gwinnett of these HOT lanes!!!!!

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jack 2 years, 2 months ago

Isn't this change diametrically opposed to SRTA"s goal of making traffic congestion worse?

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Kent 2 years, 2 months ago

The Occupy people will get to the root of the hot lane problem and bring forth a solution. As Ms. Pelosi quoted, “God bless them for their spontaneity , it’s young, it’s spontaneous, it’s focused, and it’s going to be effective". We are blessed to have Nancy and the Occupy "Movement" support.

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hpytravlr 2 years, 2 months ago

This is good. Now Gwinnettians will be allowed onto our own lanes. Before this the HOT lanes were just a reward for Hall County rednecks who cut through.

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Mack711 2 years, 2 months ago

Most do not care how many access points there are because they will not pay for this lane again. One time paying for it is enough.

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Hangdog 2 years, 2 months ago

They really are making this stuff up as they go along aren't they.

A WSB reporter said that SRTA called them to ask where was the best placement for the new entrance point. You mean SRTA staff, headed by Gena Evans, Ph.D., and all of their millions of dollars worth of studies, couldn't figure out the best spot? Fantastic.

Oh, and your new Peach Pass app gets worse with every update. The lasted improvement is you can no longer see the transactions screen. Add that to the fact that there is no 'QUIT' button and the 4 hour non-toll setting doesn't reset after the 4 hour window.

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Mack711 2 years, 2 months ago

Thought it was against the law to text while driving? What happeins when you get pulled over while using the peach pass app? Do you get a "Get out of Jail free Pass'? This whole system to say the least is corrupt.

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