Atlanta Business Chronicle – by Dave Williams, Staff Writer
Date: Monday, June 6, 2011, 3:01pm EDT
Work on long-awaited improvements to the interchange of Ga. 400 and Interstate 85 in Buckhead will begin this summer, after the state awarded a $21.4 million contract for the project.
The contract, announced by the Georgia Department of Transportation on Monday, calls for the construction of northbound ramps connecting southbound motorists on 400 with I-85 and southbound drivers on I-85 with Ga. 400. The ramps were left off of the project when the interchange was built in the early 1990s.
“This project will improve the functionality of both Georgia 400 and I-85,” state Commissioner of Transportation Vance Smith said in a prepared statement. “And it will improve all of this ‘connecting’ traffic from Buckhead’s busy surface streets. We’ll improve mobility on two major freeways and in a major residential, business and retail center. It’s a win-win-win.”
The project will be financed with revenue from the Ga. 400 toll, which was renewed last September in separate votes of the State Transportation Board and State Road and Tollway Authority.
The toll had been scheduled to expire this summer, when the original bonds from the early 1990s will be paid off.
The contract went to Archer Western Contractors Ltd. of Atlanta, which is scheduled to complete the project by January 2013.