Governor, GDOT, Other State & Local Officials Break Ground on 285@400 Re-construction
On November 3, at the top and bottom of Concourse 6, the iconic King building along Georgia 400, the proposed $800-million re-construction of the 285@400 interchange became a reality. Pictured above, Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal, GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry and 6th Congressional District GDOT Board Member Mark Burkhalter were joined by a host of other state and local dignitaries in the ceremonial ground-breaking for the project.
The re-build substantially improves the design, as well as adds capacity to one of the region's most congested interchanges, while simultaneously adding miles of new collector/distributor lanes to both 285 and 400, allowing pass through traffic to not add to the congestion coursing through the interchange. A new design, build and finance construction model for completing the project is expect to save Georgia taxpayers several hundred million dollars. North Perimeter Contractors (NPC) the consortium selected for this work is in the early stages of site preparation. Heavy equipment will be onsite and more significant construction will be underway by February of 2017. The PCIDs are contributing $10-million towards the project's first hard construction costs.
In addition to this contribution, the PATH Foundation and City of Sandy Springs are each contributing $1,000,000 to extend the PATH 400 trail further north from Buckhead and through the new interchange. Having such a multi-use trail, connecting multiple area cities and running through a major interchange, will also eliminate the typical physical division of many communities caused by the presence of an interstate roadway.
“Investments such as this one are essential to providing congestion relief for commuters and preparing our infrastructure for more freight and business traffic so that Georgia can remain the No. 1 state in which to do business – a distinction we earned for the fourth year in a row,” said Governor Nathan Deal.
"The next decade of planned improvements along I-285 and Georgia 400 will change the way we think about mobility and travel options," said GDOT Board Member Mark Burkhalter.
GDOT Commissioner McMurry also noted, "The Transform 285/400 Improvement Program is a great example of a public-private partnership bringing value to the citizens of Georgia by letting private sector innovation and financing build a better and more cost-effective project."