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The I-285 Top End Express Lanes is a major Georgia DOT project planned to improve mobility along the I-285 top end in metro Atlanta, one of the most heavily traveled and congested interstate highways in America. More than 240,000 vehicles travel across this stretch of highway every weekday. The project focuses on adding two new elevated, barrier-separated express lanes in both directions of I-285, alongside the existing general purpose lanes.



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       Project Status

      Georgia DOT is currently working to finalize an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The project team will evaluate the construction of express lanes in both directions along I-285 as well as other operational improvements that could improve mobility in the corridor. The potential benefits of these improvements also will be weighed against a “no build” option.

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      5 Things You Need to Know

      1. Includes the I-285 top end from I-75 on the west to I-85 on the east
      2. Adds lane miles on I-285
      3. Contributes to reducing 6,000+ hours of delay each day on the top end of I-285
      4. Provides more reliable trip times and free access for transit and vanpools
      5. One of the initial 11 large-scale Major Mobility Investment Program projects to improve transportation in Georgia’s metro areas.

      Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP)

      The project is part of Georgia DOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program, which currently includes an initial 11 large-scale projects that will build a better Georgia by enhancing mobility and safety, fueling economic growth, and improving Georgians’ quality of life.

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      Quick Facts

      • ​First introduced in 2006
      • Estimated to begin in 2023
      • 13-15 miles of roadway improvements, including Express Lanes, will be constructed
      • Project limits: I-285 Top End from I-75 on the west side to I-85 on the east side
      • Estimated project cost is $4.2 billion

       

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      Project Factsheet

      View details about the I-285 Top End Express Lanes project.

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       Contacts

      For more information about this project please contact the following:

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      (404) 978-7490 (voicemail)

      Mailing Address

      Georgia DOT - One Georgia Center
      600 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308

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      Community Conversation Meetings

      Do you live, work, or play in Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, or Smyrna?

      We are coming to your community to discuss the history and future of crucial transportation and mobility solutions proposed along the Top End.