Dunwoody seeks better east-west traffic flow

Where I-285 meets Ga. 400 is often called the intersection of Main and Main by economic development recruiters.

What a few decades ago was farm land, is now metro Atlanta’s largest office submarket. UPS, First Data, Global Payments and Newell Rubbermaid are among the corporate titans that call the area home.

But the Central Perimeter district is also home to some of the metro area’s worst congestion, including the notorious bottleneck at the 285/400 interchange.

A $1 billion interchange upgrade is intended to fix that pinch-point. On Wednesday, Dunwoody leaders proposed a road project of their own to help relieve gridlock on critical surface streets around Perimeter Mall.

The Westside Connector is a $16 million to $21 million route Mayor Mike Davis and others say is needed as thousands of workers for companies such as State Farm prepare to move to the region in the next few years.

Without adding east-west connectivity, Davis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the region risks “killing the golden goose.”

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