Monday, March 11, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Transportation leaders have hopes that new ramp meters could improve traffic on Interstate 285.
The state department approved a contract to install six ramp meters along the heavily traveled perimeter at a cost of $553,000.
The new locations include north and southbound ramps from Lawrenceville Highway and Memorial Drive in DeKalb County as well as the southbound entrance ramps to the Buford Highway Connector from Piedmont Road and Armour Drive in Fulton County.
The traffic device has been in place at many Gwinnett locations along Interstate 85 for several years, most recently installed at Highway 20 near the Mall of Georgia.
"While ramp meters appear to have slightly helped with some congestion relief along I-85, the ramp meters have certainly increased congestion during peak hours on the collector corridors leading to the interstate such as Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail Road," said Chuck Warbington, the executive director of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District that includes those areas. "Limiting the amount of vehicles to enter the interstate during peak hours, is something that we have had to address (in) all of the improvements in our CID."