Variable Speed Limits coming to I-285 this fall - CBS46 News

Variable Speed Limits coming to I-285 this fall

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In an effort to ease traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation will launch Variable Speed Limits - or VSL - on the top end of Interstate 285 starting in September.

The 36-mile stretch runs through Fulton, Cobb and DeKalb counties, north of the Interstate 20 interchanges.

GDOT says it is a cost-effective way to help reduce congestion on the busy roadway.

The VSL will change based on road, traffic and weather conditions. There will be electronic signs that will slow down traffic ahead of backups to improve the flow and reduce rear-end and lane-changing collisions because of sudden stops.

GDOT notes the VSL will not be used to create speed traps.

Additionally, the regular speed limit will go up from 55 mph to 65 mph. This will be consistent with a 10 mph speed limit increase on the south end of I-285 that went into effect last fall.

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