GDOT sets public meetings on ‘Top End’ express lanes

North Fulton, Cobb and DeKalb counties will have “community conversations” in May on the proposed I-285 Top End Express Lanes, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced.

The meetings are noon-2 p.m., May 14, at Clarion Conference Center, 2001 Clearview Ave., Doraville; 6-8 p.m., May 14, Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Road; and noon-2 p.m., May 15, St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody.

Also, 6-8 p.m., May 21, at Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle SE; noon-2 p.m., May 22, Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Suites, 6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs; 6-8 p.m., May 22, Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE; and 6-8 p.m., May 23, Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road.

The top end project area covers I-285 from Cobb to DeKalb counties, and Ga. 400 from south of the Glenridge Connector to the North Springs MARTA station area. Meetings will have brief opening presentations followed by breakouts with team members. Information:

No concepts will be shown, GDOT said, as these are still in development and will reflect community input to be taken at the meetings. Initial concept plans will be displayed at public information open houses to be held in early 2020. The project team will accept formal public comments at that time.

This month’s community forums “will be informational and offer the public more opportunities to learn about the project from representatives of the department and project team,” said Tim Matthews, manager of GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program.