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21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

Traffic Bottlenecks

Combating Bottlenecks


Ramp metering program provides one response to the Governor's "Fast Forward" initiative to alleviate congestion.

Bottleneck Projects: A public information campaign exists to inform and educate the public about the purpose, function, and justification for ramp metering. Ultimately, as many as 120 Atlanta area interchanges will receive this treatment by April 2009. In 2005, ramp meters were installed on Freedom Parkway and North Avenue. Along with ramp meters installed as early as 1996, the system has produced a noticeable improvement to the traffic flow on I-75/85. Ramp meters were recently installed in the SR400 corridor between Exits 5 and 10. Pursuant to the on-going initiative, more will be installed elsewhere in the region in short order.

Update - July 2006

The first corridor expected to be operational is I-285 on the north side of Atlanta. GDOT intends to have 166 meters operating by summer of 2009.