Construction workers removed a row of orange barrels from along Ga. 400 shortly after noon Sept. 2 and the new “half-diamond” interchange with Hammond Drive opened to traffic.

Linda and Dennis Miller of East Cobb were in the first car to take the southbound exit ramp from Ga. 400 to the Hammond Drive Bridge. They were headed to shop in the Perimeter area, they said.

“We are thrilled,” Linda Miller told a television crew on hand to record the opening of the ramps.

“I’m glad it’s here,” Dennis Miller said.

The ramps and the new bridge carrying Hammond across Ga. 400 are part of an $18 million road improvement project. The new nine-lane Hammond Drive Bridge replaces a four-lane bridge. The Georgia Department of Transportation, the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the city of Sandy Springs Development Authority are partners in the project.

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.