Published on June 1st, 2015 |1
Funds line up to extend PATH400 past new I-285/GA 400 interseection
The Federal Highway Administration notified the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) last week it has approved environmental-impact studies on the project, clearing the way for the DOT to hire contractors and begin construction.
“This is an amazing win for our team to be able to obtain approved environmental documents in such a short time frame,” Georgia Commissioner of Transportation Russell McMurry said. “I am confident that we will continue that positive trend as we move forward with the project.”
Four teams of contractors are on the DOT’s short list to design, finance and build the project through a public-private partnership. Proposals are due in September, and the apparent winner will be announced in December. The new interchange is expected to open to traffic in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Sandy Springs City Council is including $1 million in the city’s 2016 budget to pay part of the cost of including a segment of the multi-use trail in the redesign and reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection.
Other money for the $4 to $5 million project will come from the PATH Foundation and GDOT representatives of those groups said. Eventually, officials said, the trail could connect to PATH400 in Buckhead and to other trails extending north of I-285.