Attention! Gwinnett commuters. The I-85 HOT lanes may be extended another 10 miles northward soon.
According to wsbtv.com, the state Department of Transportation wants to extend the toll lanes from Old Peachtree Road near Suwanee to Hamilton Mill Road in the Dacula and Buford areas.
Two public hearings will be held in March, one in Gwinnett, for DOT officials to present their plans, according to the report. The work could begin in 2014 and be completed in three years.
"The design work proposal is under way that would pick up the express lane that currently ends at Old Peachtree," GDOT spokesperson Teri Pope told WSB. "The great thing about this project is that it’s new construction. We'll be adding that express lane. It will not take away any existing capacity. I fact, it will add capacity to the interstate."
The HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes went into effect in 2011.
The public hearings will be:
- March 21 at 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center Atrium on Sugarloaf Parkway
- March 28 at 4 p.m. at the Braselton Community Room in the Police Municipal Court Building on Highway 53
How do you feel about the HOT lanes being extended? Do you use the lanes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.