ATLANTA- After a two decade break, the Georgia 400 Four Mile was back Sunday. Hundreds of runners brought 50 cents to run down the middle of the highway and donate to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. It was also a celebration of the end of the toll booths next weekend.
"I don't think anybody is going to miss searching around for quarters as they drive up to the toll booths," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, who fired the gun to start the race. "We're excited that the government is keeping their promise to take down the tolls."
Several runners wore the race shirts from the first 400 race. The northbound side of the highway was shut down until 11am for the run. It was a chance for state officials to remind the public of the changes coming Friday after the tolls stop.
"The number one thing we want people to understand is that when they come through on Saturday, the 23rd, they will not make that right hand turn to get over to the toll booth lanes like they've been doing for 20 years," said Bert Brantley of the State Road and Tollway Authority.
Brantley said studies have shown traffic will likely rise after the toll is gone, and they'll monitor surface roads and other options for relieving the extra traffic.
"It's a constant battle and you're always challenged with trying to get people around as easy as possible," said Brantley. "So we'll watch that, but the main thing is we're going to let the data drive the decision making."