Gwinnett County and GDOT Seek Public Input for I-85’s Future
– February 6, 2020
The Georgia Department of Transportation and Gwinnett County have partnered to conduct a comprehensive corridor study along I-85 between I-285 and I-985.
The I-85 Corridor Study area is roughly 18 miles long and primarily located in Gwinnett County, with a small portion in DeKalb County. Specifically, the 85 Study is from I-285/Spaghetti Junction (Exit 95 on I-85 and Exit 33 on I-285) to I-985 (Exit 113). The study will result in proposed recommendations to improve safety, reduce congestion, and enhance traffic operations along the corridor. Through collaboration with stakeholders and the public, a wide range of potential alternatives will be identified and analyzed, and recommendations will be developed for implementation.
The 85 Study takes an innovative approach to planning by leveraging a Federal Highway Administration Planning and Environment Linkages framework: Georgia’s first PEL Study. The PEL process is a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that both considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the transportation planning process, and utilizes the information and products developed during planning to inform future project-level environmental reviews. The purposes of the PEL process are to improve planning-level and project-level decision-making; minimize duplication of effort during project-level environmental compliance efforts; enhance relationships with resource and regulatory agencies, stakeholders, and the public; and streamline project delivery timeframes.
GDOT and Gwinnett County invite the public to take an online survey available at 85Study.com.
The study will share information via GDOT’s Facebook page and follow plan-related conversations tagged with #85Study.
For more information about the I-85 Corridor Study, visit the project website at 85Study.com.