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Input sought on 400
Meeting Wednesday about toll funds
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Forsyth County News


How to comment

There are several ways to comment on Ga. 400 corridor improvement projects:

• Attend the open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Pkwy.
• Mail written comments to: Ga. 400 Improvement Projects, P.O. Box 7278, Atlanta, GA 30357.
• Visit www.georgiatolls.com for more information.


The five-week comment period for Ga. 400 corridor improvement projects will make a stop today in Forsyth County.

The State Road and Tollway Authority of Georgia voted in September to extend the 50-cent toll for up to another 10 years, with the fee expiring in 2020.

The revenue will be used to fund transportation projects along the corridor.

Through Jan. 7, the authority will gather feedback from motorists on what projects they would most like to see the extension fund.

An open house will be held from 4 to 7 today at Pinecrest Academy, where people can learn more about the proposed projects and offer written comments.

Five of the 12 top suggested improvements could directly impact Forsyth County.

Those include extending the highway’s third northbound lane past McFarland Pkwy. about 0.75 miles and design work on two possible projects: widening the corridor from McFarland to Hwy. 20 and high occupancy toll lanes from I-285 to McFarland.

Two additional projects the toll could pay for include enhancing highway maintenance and extending communications technology, such as changeable message signs, north to Hwy. 20.

Forsyth County residents may be most interested in learning more about those projects, said Malika Wilkins, the authority’s director of communications.

“That’s why we’re having the actual open houses throughout the [corridor] starting as north as Forsyth and coming down to [Atlanta],” Wilkins said. “We wanted to make sure we spread it out and give that ample distance for people to be able to attend.”

Five meetings have been scheduled for the comment period, with the first two in Forsyth. An open house also took place Tuesday night at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

Wilkins said those who can’t attend a meeting can mail comments to the authority.

“We haven’t received anything yet, but we hopefully anticipate people coming out to learn more and to share their comments,” she said.

The public input will be included in a report and presented to the authority’s board of directors.