Georgia has several ongoing, future transportation projects in Gwinnett
Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry addresses the Gwinnett Chamber during a lunchtime presentation on transportation at the 1818 Club on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)
Gwinnett County is getting two new interchanges and additional express toll lanes on Interstate 85 over the next few years, but the state’s transportation and transit leaders say those aren’t the only projects in the plans for this area.
Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Chris Tomlinson addressed the Gwinnett Chamber in a joint lunchtime presentation on transportation in the area.
There are some ongoing projects that were addressed, such as new interchanges on Interstate 85 at Gravel Springs and McGinnis Ferry roads, and the 10-mile extension of the express lanes to the Hamilton Mill area.
But that is not all the state is doing in the Gwinnett area as the county’s population continues to grow.
With continued population growth, however, there are growing demands on the parts of the local transportation network that are overseen by the county and the state.
“We don’t want to be on that top 10, so we’ve got some great things that are coming forward,” McMurry said. “And that future is part of a major mobility investment program, and really that future is a lot of new capacity in express lanes.”
The lanes that opened south of Atlanta on I-75 last year are yet another spoke. The hub connecting those spokes will be I-285.
Tomlinson said the state has already seen heavy usage of the existing express lanes just through the number of Peach Passes that have been issued for people to use the toll lanes. He said nearly 690,000 active Peach Passes have been issued since the first express lanes opened on I-85 in Gwinnett in 2011.