Dunwoody Homeowners Association moves toll lane meeting to February 10

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association has set a new date, February 10, for its meeting on the state’s controversial plans to add toll lanes along I-285/Ga. 400 exchanger.

The meeting, which will include a presentation from the Georgia Department of Transportation, will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.

New “managed lanes” for Ga. 400 operate on elevated ramps in this concept design example from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Similar lanes would be added to I-285. (Special)

The reunion was previously scheduled for Feb. 3, Super Bowl Sunday.

The DHA is an influential community group that represents a city whose officials are increasingly expressing concern about the impact toll lanes could have on neighborhoods such as Georgetown. The lanes are expected to branch off neighborhood streets, require property purchases for the right of way, and rise 30 feet or more on ramps in some areas.

GDOT has repeatedly refused to publicly disclose any information about possible takeovers and purchases for the toll lanes. Early designs presented to Fulton County school officials showed possible impacts on several school properties in Sandy Springs.

In addition to the DHA meeting, two meetings at schools in Fulton County will specifically address district concerns regarding possible property takeover and other impacts on local schools. Meetings are scheduled for Jan. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dunwoody Springs Elementary, 8100 Roberts Drive; and January 16, 6:30-8 p.m., at Riverwood International Charter School, 5900 Raider Drive.

GDOT’s “Express Lanes” or “Managed Lanes” project would add four new toll-only lanes along I-285 and Ga. 400 in the Perimeter Center area over the next decade, with the goal of to improve the overall traffic flow. Ga. 400 lanes would also carry a new MARTA bus rapid transit lane. The tracks are intended to connect to an eventual metro-wide system, including the recently opened Northwest Corridor tracks along I-75 and I-575.

So far, the GDOT has not held general public meetings on the toll lane plans, but says such meetings will take place in the “first quarter” of 2019 for the Ga. 400 plan and later in the year. year for the I-285 plane.

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