ATLANTA -- Approximately $29 million dollars in surplus toll money will go toward various improvement projects on Georgia 400.
When the tolls end in one week, the Georgia Tollway Authority will have collected millions beyond what has been needed to pay off the bonds and for operational costs along the highway.
That money has already been earmarked for projects, some of them already completed.
Among those projects-- a new pedestrian bridge spanning Georgia 400, an added lane near McFarland Parkway, the expansion of the HERO units on Georgia 400, and graffiti removal.
The tolls end and the conclusion of rush hour on November 22nd. Work to remove the toll plaza will begin in January.
Meanwhile, traffic will be impacted on both Saturday and Sunday with bridge work and a road race.
Before the Georgia 400 expansion opened in 1993, runners and walkers took part in a race along the highway.
Sunday, for only the second time in history, a portion of Georgia 400 will close for a race to celebrate the end of the tolls.
Georgia 400 northbound will close beginning at 5 a.m. from I-85 to I-285. It will reopen at 11 a.m.
Beginning Friday night at 10 p.m., all but one southbound lane will close from Wieuca Road to Peachtree.The DOT says the remaining lanes shouldreopen at around noon Saturday.
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