I-285/Ga. 400 makeover begins in November


Commuters who contend daily with traffic on the Perimeter north side will have a new challenge starting next month: A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Nov. 3 to officially begin the four-year, $800 million reconstruction of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange in Sandy Springs.

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts sent out “Save the Date” emails this week for the event, at a site to be announced. Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, and other state, federal and local officials will speak.

Plans call for four miles of improvements along I-285, from a mile west of Roswell Road to just east of Ashford-Dunwoody Road; and five miles of work on Ga. 400, from just south of the Glenridge Connector to the Spalding Drive area.

Existing ramps and bridges in the interchange area will be redone; new flyovers, constructed, and a barrier-separated access road along the two freeways, created. The Abernathy Road interchange on Ga. 400 also will be rebuilt, and the Mount Vernon Road bridge, replaced.

The work will be done by North Perimeter Contractors, a team involving Ferrovial Agroman U.S. Corp., The Louis Berger Group and Neel-Schaffer Inc.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Atlanta mayoral, council prez hopefuls connect to voters with new ads
Atlanta mayoral, council prez hopefuls connect to voters with new ads

Candidates for Atlanta City Hall are using the Internet to promote their campaigns through increasing numbers of video ads. City Council President candidate Alex Wan has released a new spot that shows his less-buttoned up side. Wan, an Atlanta City Councilman and director of libraries at Emory University, raises chickens and bees, an activity he says...
Rapper from ‘intolerable’ show at DeKalb middle school heads to prison
Rapper from ‘intolerable’ show at DeKalb middle school heads to prison

One of the rappers who performed what school officials called an “intolerable” concert at a DeKalb County middle school dance is headed to prison. Drugrixh Hect, whose real name is Dalemonte Stilley, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated assault with intent to rob and robbery, officials said. The pleas stem from a November 2015 incident...
Kennesaw State football stadium to open earlier, have metal detectors
Kennesaw State football stadium to open earlier, have metal detectors

Kennesaw State University seems to have learned something about their new football fans: They don’t love waiting in lines. The school announced Tuesday that it’s making some changes to the way folks will get into Fifth Third Bank Stadium, including metal detectors and early gate opening times. Interim athletics director Matt...
Man accused of impersonating cop turns out to be federal officer 
Man accused of impersonating cop turns out to be federal officer 

Aside from the blue light mounted in his unmarked SUV and the weapon on his hip, a man recorded during a traffic stop didn’t look like an officer at all. But looks can be deceiving, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office learned Tuesday morning. Hours after officials asked the public to help them identify a “suspected police impersonator...
Georgia candidates on NFL anthem protests: An act of defiance or free speech
Georgia candidates on NFL anthem protests: An act of defiance or free speech

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackles Grady Jarrett (97) and Dontari Poe (92) take a knee during the national anthem before an NFL football game. Carlos Osorio/AP Georgia Republicans responded with disgust to the wave of NFL players across the nation who demonstrated during the national anthem after President Donald Trump slammed...
More Stories