Cobb County toll lanes get another access ramp

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans a new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes access ramp at Akers Mill Road in Cobb County. The new ramp will open in 2023. AJC FILE

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The Georgia Department of Transportation plans a new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes access ramp at Akers Mill Road in Cobb County. The new ramp will open in 2023. AJC FILE

Commuters will have another way to access the popular Northwest Corridor Express Lanes by 2023.

On Thursday Gov. Brian Kemp and other state and federal officials broke ground on a new access ramp for the toll lanes at Akers Mill Road.

The 30 miles of lanes opened on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties in 2018. They quickly became a hit with many commuters who saw shorter drive times. They also shortened travel times for commuter buses, which had to change their schedules because they were arriving at their destinations too early.

Now the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Cumberland Community Improvement District and other government agencies will spend $18.2 million to build a new ramp at Akers Mill.

Like the toll lanes, the new ramp will be reversible – serving as a southbound exit ramp in the morning and a northbound entrance ramp in the evening. Construction is expected to take about two years.

You can learn more about the project here.

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