The Interstate 75/285 interchange is one of the worst highway traffic bottlenecks in the United States. It is dangerous and is one of the main reasons for I-75 and I-285 congestion during Cobb’s morning and evening commutes.
The interchange was designed and built long before laws were changed and thru trucks were prohibited inside the perimeter. Most I-75 truck traffic used to flow straight through the interchange. Since the passage of the law, virtually all truck traffic heading south must now turn onto 285 and all northbound trucks must now turn from 285 onto 75N. The original design did not contemplate the current traffic patterns. The interchange has become severely overloaded and needs complete redevelopment.
The proponents of the TSPLOST claim its purpose is to reduce congestion and shorten travel times. Yet, there is no mention of this interchange on the project list and no monies have been allocated to its redevelopment. This omission is embarrassing.
Without question, the I-75/285 interchange is the most critical point of congestion in all of Cobb County. Let’s hope for defeat of the TSPLOST this year. Perhaps if it returns two years from now the project list will place importance on practical needs rather than political interests.
With this project included, it will be much easier to attract voters.