Residents can record their thoughts during the next month on state plans for construction projects intended to improve traffic on Ga. 400.

The State Road and Tollway Authority scheduled a series of public meetings to collect public comments on $67 million in projects proposed for Ga. 400.  The projects are scheduled to be done from 2011 through 2014, the authority said.

Public meetings are planned for Dec. 8 at Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming; Dec. 20 at Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta; Jan. 5 at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta; and the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.

The meetings are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m.

The period for recording comments closes Jan. 7

Comments also may be written and mailed to Ga. 400 Improvement Projects, P.O. Box 7278, Atlanta, Ga., 30347.

The authority, in a press release, listed the projects as:

  • New ramps connecting Ga. 400 and I-85 so motorists no longer need to travel on local surface streets;
  • Improving the Ga. 400 southbound to I-85 southbound merge so Ga. 400 has a dedicated lane onto I-85;
  • Widening Ga. 400 from McFarland Road to Ga. 20;
  • Preliminary engineering on managed lanes between I-285 and McFarland Road;
  • Extend the third northbound land approximately ¾ miles to enhance the transition from the existing four lanes to two lanes near McFarland Road;
  • Extend the Intelligent Transportation System and Highway Emergency Response Order (HERO) north from McFarland Road to SR20 by providing video detection and ramp metering;
  • Install an Intelligent Transportation System from on Holcomb Bridge Road from Barnwell Road to Alpharetta Street;
  • Construct a triple left turn lane for the Mansell Road corridor between the Ga. 400 northbound exit ramp and the North Point Parkway intersection with Mansell Road;
  • Continue funding the GRTA Xpress bus service from Forsyth County to the North Springs MARTA rail station near Perimeter Center and direct service to Downtown Atlanta from Cumming;
  • Reconstruct the ramp from westbound Abernathy Road to northbound Ga. 400;
  • Increase capacity and make operational improvements to three intersections that tie into the Northridge Road intersection at Ga. 400, which are Northridge Road at Dunwoody Place, Roberts Drive and Somerset Court and Roberts Drive and Dunwoody Place, and add a traffic roundabout at Somerset Court to the east.
  • Cleaning and maintenance along the Ga. 400 corridor that includes street sweeping, graffiti covering and replacing damaged guard rails.

The Tollway Authority said full descriptions of the projects can be found at www.georgiatolls.com.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.