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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces a Proposed $184 Million Grant for Congestion Relief in Atlanta

ATLANTA – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao joined Congressman Rob Woodall, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), and other state and local officials today to announce a proposed $184,124,447 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to build additional, dedicated express lanes on State Route (SR) 400, a major commuter route for Atlanta residents.

“The new express lanes on SR 400 will enhance safety and decrease congestion and travel times for everyone,” said Secretary Chao.

“I’m grateful for the leadership of Secretary Chao, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, and all those who had a hand in bringing us to this point. This demonstrates the strong partnerships we have at each level of government,” added Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-07).

“The SR 400 Express Lanes project will play a critical role in helping improve mobility in a corridor that is vital to connecting people, jobs, and freight. We are grateful to the Department of Transportation for investing in Georgia’s transportation network,” GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said.

The SR 400 express lanes project is included in GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP), which addresses congestion issues. GDOT projects that these lanes will reduce delay by over 19,000 hours per day along the SR 400 corridor by 2030.  The proposed INFRA grant would award $184,124,447 to construct approximately 17 miles of priced two-lane, bidirectional managed lanes along SR 400 from I-285 to McGinnis Ferry Road in Fulton County, and one managed lane in each direction from McGinnis Ferry Road north to McFarland Parkway in Forsyth County.

The project will connect with the SR 400 and I-285 Interchange Reconstruction project in Fulton and DeKalb Counties using approximately 8 miles of collector-distributor lanes currently under construction. There are 9 proposed access points for the express lanes, including three full interchanges, and six locations with slip lanes. The project area includes 22 bridges, approximately half of which will be replaced or widened.

INFRA grants support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by creating opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the necessary processes for building significant projects, and increasing accountability for the projects that are built.

For more information, please visit www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/infragrants.

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Updated: Friday, June 29, 2018
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