An animation shows how the two reversible toll lanes would function for commuters.

Express lanes in Cobb, Cherokee should open by summer

Georgia Department of Transportation and State Road and Tollway Authority staff are finalizing the construction and testing phases of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes that are expected to open this summer.

These lanes will increase options and alleviate congestion for commuters traveling north of Atlanta, including parts of Cobb County, according to a county statement.

Adding new capacity for I-75 and I-575 motorists, the express lanes are reversible lanes that run along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties.

The 29.7 miles of toll lanes are separated from general lanes by an elevated bridge or concrete barrier and a series of gates, offering a higher level of safety.

The toll lanes extend along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road.

The reversible lanes will travel southbound toward Atlanta in the morning and northbound in the evening.

Workers prepare part of a bridge near Delk Road, part of the new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes. (Photo by Phil Skinner)
Photo: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The lanes will be managed by dynamic pricing, with the rate rising as demand increases and falling during off-peak travel times or as demand decreases.

Any motorists, who choose to use the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, must have registered Peach Passes on their vehicles and will pay tolls, including motorcycles, alternative fuel vehicles and carpools.

Set up a Peach Pass account and receive your Peach Pass transponder by:

  • visiting,
  • applying via the Peach Pass GO! mobile app,
  • calling customer service at 1-855-PCH-PASS,
  • getting a Pay n GO! Peach Pass at area CVS pharmacy or Walgreen’s locations or
  • opening an account in person at a Peach Pass Customer Service Center.

RELATED: Latest Atlanta traffic news that will affect your commute on

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.