Up Coming Plans For Altanta Roads
The $2 Billion proposed truck lanes which are proposed to be built along the I-75 stretch between Macon and McDonough will be the first of its kind in the United States. The two barrier -separated lanes, 40 miles of them, will be free for truckers and will go only in the Northbound direction right into Atlanta and beyond.
Truck traffic from the Port of Savannah to Atlanta along the I-16 and I-75 highways, is expected to double or even triple in the coming years. Truck lanes currently exist on the New Jersey Turnpike, but there are some key differences, because New Jersey's cars have already use the turnpike truck lanes, and all the traffic is tolled.
Elsewhere in the area, there are a few short segments of truck lanes that areused primarily as bypasses, or as connectors to or from a port, but nothing approaching the size and scope of what Georgia wants to build on her highways. In-depth coverage of the proposal will be forthcoming.
In another part of town, a $17 Million bridge replacement project underway near the North Point Mall in Alpharetta will improve bicycle and pedestrian access in that immensely busy commercial area. The old, two-lane Encore Parkway Bridge, has been torn out, and a wider, longer bridge is going up. The new roadway between Westside Parkway and North Point Parkway will include two 14-foot travel lanes, two 6-foot-wide bike lanes, and a raised median with plantings in the center. The new design will accommodate the future plans to widen GA 400.
A sidewalk is being added along the eastside of North Point Parkway will connect the bike and pedestrian facilities on the bridge to the existing Big Creek Greenway Trail and parking area. The Big Creek Greenway is a multi-use path that winds through Roswell, Alpharetta and South Forsyth County. The new bridge should open to traffic by summer 2017. The project is being paid for with funding from the state and federal government, the City of Alpharetta, Fulton County, and the North Fulton Community Improvement District.