Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and City Councilmember Linley Jones will hold a special town hall to discuss the planned toll lanes along the top end of I-285 on Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road.

An illustration shows the location of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s I-285 toll lane project. (Special)

Discussion will focus on the planned toll lanes on Ga. 400 and especially along the I-285 top end corridor. Some residents living in northern Brookhaven, represented by Jones, have expressed concern the new toll lanes will shrink their property values.

Residents living in Dunwoody’s Georgetown community, across the interstate from Brookhaven, are also expected to be heavily impacted and are expressing frustration with the process and are worried about the impact on their homes and neighborhoods.

The objective of the Brookhaven town hall is to communicate to the Georgia Department of Transportation the city’s concerns and preferences for project, according to a city-issued press release.

The I-285 Top End Express Lanes project, estimated to cost close to $5 billion, focuses on adding two new elevated, barrier-separated express lanes in both directions on I-285, alongside regular travel lanes. They could stand 30 feet or higher. GDOT says the added toll lanes would alleviate traffic on one of the most heavily traveled and congested highways in the country by allowing motorists to pay a fee to drive in less congested lanes.

New toll lanes, called “express lanes” or “managed lanes,” are also planned for Ga. 400 in the Perimeter Center area over the next decade, with the intent of improving overall traffic flow. Parts of both projects are expected to be elevated toll lanes to use existing right of way. The Ga. 400 lanes also would carry a new MARTA bus rapid transit route.

Construction of those toll lanes is slated to begin in 2021 and open to traffic 2024.

In Sandy Springs where the Ga. 400 toll lanes are set to be built, GDOT has already said around 40 properties, many of which are houses, would need to be demolished in one section of Ga. 400. And the Northridge Road area is pushing back on a plan to build flyover lanes atop the road’s overpass.

The I-285 top end toll lanes and Ga. 400 toll lanes are separate projects from the “Transform 285/400” project now underway. Transform 285/400 is essentially reorganizing and rebuilding the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange to make traffic flow faster and safer. It is expected to be finished in 2020.

Email comments to the mayor and Jones at:

johnernst@brookhavenga.gov
linleyjones@brookhavenga.gov

Ernst is planning other town halls on these dates:

  • Thursday, May 16
  • Thursday, June 20
  • Thursday, July 18
  • Thursday, Aug. 15
  • Thursday, Sept. 19
  • Thursday, Oct. 17
  • Thursday, Nov. 21
  • Thursday, Dec. 19
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