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Reversible Lanes a Possibility for I-85

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle says he’d like to add movable barriers to help the flow of traffic. What do you think?

With the public still , Lt. Governor Casey Cagle has brought a new idea to the table: creating “reversible” lanes that widen one part of the highway during the I-85 commute.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that the “grandiose” idea may be even more real the earlier thought, with county officials saying that the reversible lanes have been discussed by an advisory group whose report could be ready as early as March. 

The idea is to add movable barriers that would change some northbound lanes into southbound lanes in the morning, and vice versa in the afternoon. 

Some say they are all for any measure that would improve commutes—and have commended the idea for its creativity.  Others have said it is foolish to spend more money on infrastructure when the HOT lanes are still not fully utilized.

What do you think? Are reversible lanes a good idea?

Kay Woodruff January 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I support opening up the HOV lanes as just that and eliminating the tolls. It came to my attention that anyone who had pass for toll road 400 was automatically changed to a peach pass . This answers the question: Why with so many passes purchased is the toll lane not utilized to the extent that the reports say it should be--most of the pass holders live on the other side of town. What happened to the outer perimeter that was on the books 20 years ago which would solve the issues by residtributing the flow of traffic.
STEVE RAMEY January 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Instead of reversing lanes, why don't we reverse the idea of toll lanes and have an additional lane for all to use instantly? Let's stop wasting the taxpayer's money with expensive ideas that don't work. The biggest example is TSPLOST for MARTA IN counties outside of Dekalb and Fulton. We don't want it! I agree with Kim on the outer perimeter; for those outside the gold dome it makes sense.
Kristi Reed (Editor) January 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
"Instead of reversing lanes, why don't we reverse the idea of toll lanes and have an additional lane for all to use instantly?" - Because that idea makes too much sense and can therefore never be implemented?
Hoffard Normand January 02, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Don't consider reversing lanes unless you have, IN PLACE, solid barriers between lanes used for both directions. Driving at interstate speeds without these is suicidal to say the least. Buzz Normand
Elizabeth January 05, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Consider the reversible lanes on Hwy 78 in Snellville - what a nightmare!!!

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