Imagine 285. Doubled.

Hell times two.

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

State road planners are considering double-decking Interstate 285 on the heavily traveled north side of Atlanta between I-75 and I-85 …

One possibility is adding four truck-only toll lanes in the middle of the heavily traveled northern stretch of I-285, with four high-occupancy-vehicle or high-occupancy-toll lanes over them.

Sure. Just what we need. Now we can have soul-crushing traffing and multi-car pile-ups in amazing 3-D!

(By the way, the ABC has a poll. Go express yourself.)

9 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    I can imagine it… after I have moved to another state of course.


  2. Mark (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    I can imagine it. The building of a double decker is the part that will be soul crushing. I think it would work IF they make that second deck with MINIMAL exits. The idea, in my mind, being that those people on the second deck are actually trying to bypass the city, which was the original intent, to keep traffic outside of the perimeter. So, put a second deck up there and at least it keeps the people moving who have no interest in the multitude of local exits.


  3. Brian (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    why can’t they make the northern arc instead? we need a better bypass system around the city. ugh.


  4. Eric (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    grrrr. i can’t believe 64% of users in that poll said yes. i’m trying so hard not to just be totally pissed at this city, but it’s nearly impossible. it’s stunning how stupid we are about public transportation options. are road builders really that influential here?!?


  5. ed (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    ITP…its so much better…

    then again, I live 5min from work and dont hit a highway so i hsouldnt talk…


  6. Thomas (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    ITP or not, this concerns everyone in this city and should not be shrugged off so easily. Why? Because soon enough, the distinctions between ITP and OTP will be moot. The expansive tendencies of Atlanta guarantee it. What we know now as ITP could easily include Sandy Springs, Roswell or even Alpharetta in another 20 years. Don’t believe me? Look into the history of our own Fox Theatre for a perfect example. At construction, its location (the same as it has now) was seen as much too far outside of Downtown to be viable. What’s too far now will become just right before too long.

    Of course, if it makes you feel better to roll your eyes and believe that your geographically-induced status makes you immune, go right ahead. When your ITP dollars start funnelling faster and faster into further hell-ifying 285, don’t complain.


  7. Nikki (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    285 is a disaster as it is — why not make it a 3D-disaster? Jeebus. People just aren’t thinking — but then again, public transportation is for pinkocommunistliberals, right? So clearly if you love America you will drive your car on the second deck, and you will damn well enjoy it.


  8. ed (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 10:18 am

    I hope that the readers of this will be somewhat open minded about this (but I doubt it).

    Having already stated where I live, take this as you will. But the thing is; I think that the expansion of 285 is a good thing.

    Why? Because it shows that Atlanta is growing. It shows that Atlanta is a desirable place to live. What do you want to do, put a limit as to how many people can live here and where the can live &c.?

    Now, I do agree that sprawl is a bad thing but no one is willing to build highrise apartments to accomodate a large number of people because the reason people move here is to have a yard and their own land etc. Moreover, its quicker to build ten houses in Acworth then to build a highrise and people are moving here fast. Ergo…

    Finally I do also think that there should be some form of public transport that is quasi decent. My belief it is what keeps Atlanta from being an efficient and world class city. But, the thing is, it would be several years (probably cloes to 10) before the infrastructure would be well developed enough to quickly move people from waaaaayy OTP to, well, anywhere. So the greater city of Atlanta makes the economic choice of expanding the highways so that people move here and we get rich rather than in 10 years having a system to move a bunch of people with no one to move.


  9. Pauline (unregistered) on June 5th, 2006 @ 1:41 pm

    Just remember to put TrueGritz on your iPod before you take off!
    http://www.truegritz.com/



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