GDOT plans to help remedy the latter problem by the end of 2016, when the project is set to finish.
“Delineators will separate traffic exiting onto I-285, from traffic continuing east on I-20,” Kathy Zahul, GDOT’s Metro District engineer, said in a press release. “The new configuration will require motorists to make a lane decision earlier, thus reducing late weaving maneuvers and enhancing safety.”
And, hopefully, decreasing some delays.
GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry says the delineators will be like those plastic posts that protect the HOT lane in the I-85/Ga. 316 interchange. If you choose to switch lanes early, you’re probably going to damage your car.
The biggest plus for commuters is finally brand new pavement with no potholes. Time has taken its toll on the West Freeway, opening up some gaping holes in that same area near I-285. Crews constantly fill them in, but they open again. GDOT has not had the funding allocated to this area to fix this problem for good with a repave until now.
Resurfacing is a necessary part of any road’s life cycle, but especially the Metro Atlanta interstate system. High travel volume means our busiest roads need repaving every few years. I-20 on the west side is very much overdue and we will have to pay with not only money, but time spent in the backups.
Do yourself a favor and check with the WSB Traffic Team as you plan your I-20 trips on the weekends. Look up the traffic conditions or hear the most recent report on the WSB Radio app and wsbradio.com. Then listen live for updates 24/7 on News 95.5/AM750 WSB. If you do that, you will know whether to say the course on I-20 or take an alternate. And you will gain some of that time back.