News:GDOT thinking about closing connector on-ramps during rush hour

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The Georgia Department of Transportation told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore that the backup on the Interstate 75/85 connector southbound typically begins around the Interstate 20 interchange and backs up for miles, sometimes as far north as Ga. 400.

“About two miles has nine exits within there. Standards really call for a distance of about a mile in an urban area, so we have about five times the accepted standard in that particular area,” Jill Goldberg of GDOT said.

Because of that, GDOT is considering closing two of the ramps during rush hour. GDOT stressed that this is just a discussion, for now.

“We are just doing looking at doing this as an experiment,” Goldberg said.

Even if enough stakeholders agree this could work, GDOT would have to come up with funding for signs, signals and road improvements.

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