I-85 Peach Pass Lane signage (Flickr:Sylvar)
ATLANTA -- At the behest of Gov. Nathan Deal, a new southbound entrance and exit point from the I-85 Express Lane will be added at Sugarloaf Parkway and Old Peachtree Road.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is expected to open a temporary entry point within six-to-eight weeks.
They plan to make it permanent once all the equipment is in.
FULL COVERAGE: I-85 Peach Pass Lanes
GDOT board chairman Rudy Bowden of Suwanee says he drives that stretch of Interstate 85 about three days per week, and says that he has been driving in the regular lanes. He said he has noticed that from his observation, use of the new Peach Pass lane has been increasing.
Statistics cited by the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority appear to bear that observation out. The first Monday that traffic began using the Express Lane, 3,200 vehicles used the lane. This past Monday, about 7,400 vehicles were recorded as having used the lane.