Alpharetta is proposing changes to the state’s plans for Ga. 400 managed express lanes in North Fulton County — such as moving a bus rapid transit station from the middle of the expressway to an offline location. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Alpharetta seeks changes to Ga. 400 express lane plans

A new express-lane interchange at Encore Parkway and a dedicated transit flyover just south of Old Milton Parkway are among the changes requested by Alpharetta to the state’s plans for managed express lanes on Ga. 400.

With roughly 41% of the project in Alpharetta, the location of access and merging lanes “will set the course for transportation on our local roads, impact land use within our community, and do much to determine the future quality of life for the residents of Alpharetta for generations,” Mayor Jim Gilvin said in a letter to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Information: https://bit.ly/2Ugg9mI

Rather than create an access ramp to the express lanes just north of Webb Bridge Road – opposed by many residents due to possible increased traffic on local streets – the city proposed a direct access interchange at Encore Parkway. Also, a bus rapid transit (BRT) flyover south of Old Milton would offer better connectivity to the Ga. 120 corridor and key destinations like Avalon and the Gwinnett Tech Campus, the city said.

Additionally, Alpharetta proposed moving a merger to and from the express lanes from near Haynes Bridge Road to just south of Windward Parkway; and relocating a proposed BRT stop from the middle of Ga. 400 near Encore to an offline location in the North Point Mall area.

To view the mayor’s letter: https://bit.ly/2jVEvEx

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