Some residents in neighborhoods around Sandy Springs’ Northridge Road, where the Georgia Department of Transportation has proposed flyover lanes atop the road’s overpass for its Ga. 400 toll lanes project, are concerned the plan would change the character of the area and bring more noise and pollution. At a March 10 community meeting, residents asked GDOT to take another look at the plan, although the agency said space constraints mean there aren’t many options.
“Not only would they be horrible aesthetically, but the noise pollution and fumes will certainly be detrimental to our neighborhood,” said Julie Zweig, a resident who helped organize the meeting, which was held at a house in the neighborhood and attended by 75 people. Rep. Josh McLaurin (D-Sandy Springs), and City Council members John Paulson and Andy Bauman are also in attendance.
GDOT is working on two projects that would add four new toll lanes, called “express lanes” or “managed lanes,” along I-285 and Ga. 400 in the Perimeter Center area over the next decade, with the intent of improving overall traffic flow. The toll lanes are part of a system being built metro-wide, including recently opened lanes on I-75 and I-575.