Construction on the new DDI at the I-85 and Pleasant Hill Road interchange is slated to break ground soon.
Much like the brand new diverging diamond interchange at the I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road interchange has, officials hope the updated interchange will provide congestion relief to the areas commuters. The new interchange will consist of new lights, lanes, and a safeguarded sidewalk area. Commuters will have direct access to interstate entry lanes, and will exit the highway on the left side of the bridge, thereby reducing congestion. Early numbers show that once commuters become familiar with the new traffic patterns, congestion and commute times are reduced for drivers. In it’s current state, the interchange accommodates approximately 58,000 automobiles a day and at times it may take a driver up to ten minutes to cross the bridge. The Gwinnett Place CID, who leveraged $1.2 million dollars to get the project off the ground, hopes a decrease in congestion will have an increase in commerce and economic development in the area. Construction on the project is slated to begin over the next several weeks and will be open to the public next summer. The interchange will be the precursor to its sister interchange, an additional DDI is planned for I-85 and Jimmy Cater Boulevard.
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