GDOT says that crews indeed are working, they are just up in the trees working on removing them. I had trouble seeing these workers myself, when I flew past in the WSB Skycopter. But they are out there. As for working during rush hour, GDOT says that since the only lane blocked is the right-flex lane, which is an emergency lane during most hours of the day, they are allowed to block it. They have to work in the daylight, because tree removal at night is dangerous. Finally, expect some of these flex lanes between the Spalding Drive bridge and Glenridge to eventually, permanently go away. Crews are building C.D. lanes adjacent to the through lanes on GA-400, so the convenient shoulder lanes will have to yield to the bigger project.
One motorist, Jefferson, said he is worried about safety and enforcement around the I-85 HOT lanes in Gwinnett. He wrote: “I commute daily southbound on 85 in Gwinnett and often see cars dash across the double white lines to enter the HOT lanes at places where the lines are unbroken. This is of course quite dangerous. Even if these cars all have the Peach Pass, what they are doing violates the law. My question is: Are these drivers being spotted and penalized? As a person who tries to follow the law, I hate to think these people could be getting away with something. And I worry about cars zooming down the HOT lane and perhaps colliding with someone pulling out in front of them.”