Work begins today to take down GA400 tolls

5:55 AM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Work begins today around the GA400 toll plaza, as the Georgia Department of transportation begins the process of removing the tolls.

GDOT officials say the tolls will end the week of November 18th, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

WATCH:
- Commuter Dude Jerry Carnes answers questions about the tolls ending
- Commuter Dude shows what to expect as the tolls come down

Construction to take down the booths will begin after the first of the year.

GDOT says it will keep three lanes open during construction. But drivers will have to slow down as the speed limit on construction sites will be 45 miles an hour.

Commuter Dude Jerry Carnes answered some of your questions about the toll removal.

Several Georgia 400 travelers want to know if there's a credit on their Peach Pass account, will they get that money back when the tolls end?

Yes - the tollway authority is encouraging drivers to keep their Peach Passes for other toll roads that already exist, or may be coming.  If you want to close your account call the tollway authority's customer service center.  Any credit on your account will go back to your credit card.

Several drivers have questions and comments about congestion on Georgia 400 after the tolls are gone.  Many are concerned traffic will increase when drivers no longer have to pay for their trip.

One study indicates traffic could increase traffic ten percent or more.  State transportation officials say they'll monitor the post-toll traffic and are encouraging drivers to look at alternatives.

More about the GA 400 tolls coming down:
- Continuing coverage of ending the tolls and removing the toll booths
- Your interactive Traffic Map of problems and delays
- Commuter Dude helps fix your road and traffic problems

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