From Sandy Springs spokesperson Sharon Kraun
Sandy Springs City Council voted 6-0, Tuesday night, to support a Perimeter Community Improvement District’s resolution calling for reconstruction of the I-285 and Georgia 400 Interchange as the top priority transportation project for the north Metro Atlanta region.
The council also committed its support to the formation of a cross-jurisdictional public/private “Top-End Perimeter Collaborative” to move the project forward.
“The 285-Georgia 400 Interchange is one of the metro area’s biggest bottlenecks. We are in full support of the activities by the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) and the governor to make this interchange a better ride for all,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos.
A $450 million I-285 and Georgia 400 Interchange reconstruction project had been included in the TSPLOST for the 10-county Metro Atlanta Region. The day after the TSPLOST was defeated, Governor Nathan Deal’s Chief of Staff Chris Riley said, “The state’s top transportation priority is the Ga. 400 and I-285 Interchange.”
The boards of the PCIDs, where the interchange is located, voted unanimously at their Sept. 19 board meeting to make the interchange reconstruction their priority project and to form a “Top End Perimeter Collaborative” to help deliver the project.
“Our whole market must stay focused on this project,” PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams told Sandy Springs City Council members.
Approximately 200,000 vehicles go through the Georgia 400 and I-285 Interchange each day – equivalent to the population of the city of August-Richmond County – and many of those are headed for the Central Perimeter market where 123,515 people work each day, according to the PCIDs. Safety is also a major issue, the organization said.