An $85.1 billion plan for Atlanta’s future

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I-75 Express Lanes as seen from the WSB Skycopter.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) board today approved a long-range blueprint that details how $85.1 billion worth of investments in metro Atlanta will be spent over the next 24 years.

The entire Atlanta Regions Plan is available online at www.atlantaregionsplan.com.

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I-75 Express Lanes as seen from the WSB Skycopter.

Between now and 2040, the Atlanta region’s population is projected to grow by 2.5 million – the equivalent of adding all of today’s metro Charlotte. The Atlanta Region’s Plan takes that growth into account as it allocates funding for new transportation projects.

The latest plan includes $85.1 billion in new investments in the region’s transportation system. Nearly two-thirds of that will be used to maintain existing infrastructure, such as paving roads and repairing bridges.

Another $28 billion will be spent to expand the region’s transportation network. Those investments include:

  • Expanding the express toll lane network on area highways (I-75, I-575, Ga. 400, I-285 top end, I-20, I-85). Cost: $7 billion (for projects not yet under construction)
  • Widening and improving major arterial roads. Cost: $5.8 billion
  • Highway interchange improvements – 13 new interchanges and 22 major upgrades. Cost: $3.1 billion
  • Potential transit expansion projects (Clayton County, Ga. 400, I-20 East, Clifton Corridor, Connect Cobb, Atlanta BeltLine/Streetcar). Cost: $11.9 billion

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