Friday, January 27, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.