How has the I-285/Ga. 400 construction affected your commute?

Construction of a new I-285 interchange at Ga. 400 is nearing its peak.
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Construction of a new I-285 interchange at Ga. 400 is nearing its peak.

Construction is progressing on one of the biggest road projects in Georgia history: the $800 million reconstruction of the I-285 interchange at Ga. 400.

When it’s completed, the interchange will be almost as big as Spaghetti Junction. And the scale of the project has become more evident recently, as pillars for swooping ramps rise from the clay and workers lay gigantic beams across the Perimeter.

To curtail traffic headaches, much of the work has been done at night and on weekends. But there’s only so much the Georgia Department of Transportation can do to ease traffic when its rebuilding an interchange used by some 420,000 vehicles a day.

Look for a full report on the project in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution later this week. In the meantime, we’d like to know: How has the construction affected your commute? Is it worse? About the same? Do you avoid the interchange entirely? Do you think it will improve traffic when it’s done?

If you’re willing to be quoted in an upcoming article, contact reporter David Wickert at dwickert@ajc.com.

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