Flex lanes to open on I-85

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Soon, Ga. 400 commuters won’t be the only ones taking advantage of every inch of asphalt.

Flex lanes like the ones currently operating on Ga. 400 will be added soon to the shoulder of Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County, between Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Indian Trail Road.

You may have noticed signs already going up along that corridor. They will look like this:

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The cost of the project is $2.2 million. The opening date is still to be determined.

According to Georgia Department of Transportation, a queue of vehicles was stacking up from the Indian Trail exit ramp, and traffic was slowing at the merge with I-85 and the Jimmy Carter entrance ramp.

Before the flex lanes can open, works will have to repave and widen slightly the existing shoulder to install an auxilliary lane.

Several pull-off areas will also be added along the corridor for accident investigation sites.

The additional lane will create more space for vehicles to navigate in an area where vehicles routinely weave in and out, thus improving safety with minimal impact to the rest of the interstate, said GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale.

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