Crews began work Wednesday night to widen a northbound stretch of Ga. 400.
The section between McGinnis Ferry Road and the Big Creek Greenway Bridge is being expanded from two to three lanes.
That will give commuters two miles of a third lane heading into Forsyth County.
Teri Pope, a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said the project was developed as the DOT looked for a way to help commuters with “simple-to-build and low-cost congestion relief projects.”
The work is being handled overnight to minimize the traffic impact. Crews will be out from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the week, and until 8 a.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. Sundays.
Daytime lane closures are not planned, said Pope, adding work will continue overnight for at least two weeks.
“This is a simple project that could improve congestion,” she said.”
According to Pope, the effort will stop at the Big Creek Greenway because “the bridge would have to be widened if the lane continued over it.”
“That gets very expensive very quickly and takes much more time in every phase of work, design, right of way and construction,” she said. “We didn’t need any right of way at all because this widening is to the median, where we already own land.”
In addition to the lane, the project also includes widening of the entrance ramp from Abernathy Road into the northbound lane on Ga. 400 in Fulton County.
Work has not begun on that part. C.W. Matthews Contracting Inc. was tapped to handle both projects at a cost of nearly $3.4 million. They are slated to be complete by February.