The Northwest Corridor Project has been in the planning stages for about a decade and will build two reversible toll lanes — one on Interstate 75 and one on Interstate 575 ending in Cherokee County.
Mohamed Arafa, a communications officer with GDOT, said that the department is in the process of reviewing three proposals for the construction and has scheduled a public hearing in Woodstock to hear from Cherokee residents on how the project looks.
During this hearing, which is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodstock Public Library on Main Street, GDOT will present the proposals for the public to review, Arafa said. For those unable to attend, the proposals are available online at www.nwcproject.com.
The first of the new lanes planned in the Northwest Corridor Project will begin at Akers Mill Road on I-75 in Cobb County and will end at Hickory Grove Road on I-75, just over the Cherokee line. The other will begin where I-575 meets I-75 in Cobb County and end at Sixes Road near Holly Springs.
Arafa said the lanes will be separate from the existing interstate and change directions to accommodate rush hour traffic in each direction. In the morning, each lane will travel south and then north in the evening, Arafa said.
Tolls collected in the lanes will be variable rates determined by traffic counts and will be collected through the electronic Peach Pass system.
Arafa said GDOT intends to finalize a contract for the construction later this year, and then begin construction in 2014 and open the lanes in 2018.
The proposals pending before the transportation department are from Northwest Express Road Builders, Georgia Transportation Partners, C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. and the Michael Baker Corp.