Then next question is will this help Atlanta traffic? Probably not. Since the new lanes will be northbound only, it will likely only aid traffic heading between Macon and McDonough. It will not impact the southbound delays we often see leaving Henry County.
Do we really need new lanes? Right now we do, but will we need it 10 years from now? I think not. Again, as I’ve mentioned in this column many times before, I believe we are on the verge of a transportation revolution. The breakout of self-driving vehicles will dramatically change our traffic woes for the better unlike anything we’ve ever seen. So, should we spend at least $2 billion on new lanes that might not be needed in a decade? I don’t think so. Other disagree.
“Do we believe it’s going to work? Yes. We wouldn’t be trying it if we didn’t,” said Jay Roberts, planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation. “If it is as successful as we believe it will be, we could replicate it throughout the state of Georgia.”
The project is currently just a proposal. A lot of things need to happen before any dirt is moved and any new pavement is created.
“Every project starts out with an idea of what we think is needed,” Meg Pirkle GDOT Chief Engineer said. “We still have to do our due diligence.”
The idea of truck only lanes on this size and scale is unprecedented in the United States. I will make sure to keep you posted on it’s progress.