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An $85.1 billion plan for Atlanta's future

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) board today approved a long-range blueprint that details how $85.1 billion worth of investments in metro Atlanta will be spent over the next 24 years.

The entire Atlanta Regions Plan is available online at www.atlantaregionsplan.com.

Between now and 2040, the Atlanta region’s population is projected to grow by 2.5 million – the equivalent of adding all of today’s metro Charlotte. The Atlanta Region’s Plan takes that growth into account as it allocates funding for new transportation projects.

The latest plan includes $85.1 billion in new investments in the region’s transportation system. Nearly two-thirds of that will be used to maintain existing infrastructure, such as paving roads and repairing bridges.

Another $28 billion will be spent to expand the region’s transportation network. Those investments include:

  • Expanding the express toll lane network on area highways (I-75, I-575, Ga. 400, I-285 top end, I-20, I-85). Cost: $7 billion (for projects not yet under construction)
  • Widening and improving major arterial roads. Cost: $5.8 billion
  • Highway interchange improvements – 13 new interchanges and 22 major upgrades. Cost: $3.1 billion
  • Potential transit expansion projects (Clayton County, Ga. 400, I-20 East, Clifton Corridor, Connect Cobb, Atlanta BeltLine/Streetcar). Cost: $11.9 billion

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