published Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Traffic picks up on Georgia 400 after end of tolls

ATLANTA — Traffic congestion on Georgia 400 has gotten worse some since the end of tolls on the highway, but some drivers say the increase hasn't been enough for them to notice.

Georgia Department of Transportation numbers shows that average daily traffic on the route has increased by 2 to 7 percent, depending on the segment.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that rush-hour speeds are down from 2 to 5.7 mph in many places.

Drivers interviewed by the newspaper say they haven't noticed a difference.

In 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the end of the .50-cent tolls on the highway that connects Atlanta with many of its northern suburbs.

Transportation officials projected a traffic increase once the tolls were removed, and more drivers opted for the route now that it was free.

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