Sandy Springs city officials plan to finance a study to determine whether a new interchange is needed on I-285 to handle commuter traffic and cars headed to and from the planned Braves stadium in Cobb County.

The city plans to include $450,000 in its 2016 budget for the study.

“It’s a study to look at whether a new interchange on the west side of the Chattahoochee River at Powers Ferry would help manage Braves traffic” and also would alleviate commuter traffic that now uses Riverside Drive in Sandy Springs, Mayor Rusty Paul said.

Paul called the study just “the first step” toward winning approval for a new interchange. “It’s just the beginning,” Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said, saying the study would ask, “Is it feasible? Is it a plausible concept?”

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