How many people are really using the I-75 South Express Lanes? - CBS46 News

How many people are really using the I-75 South Express Lanes?

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MCDONOUGH, GA (CBS46) -

The I-75 South Express reversible toll lanes are working for some people like Ashley Lay's husband.

"He said it cuts his time down by maybe 20, 30 minutes sometime," Lay said.

The State Road and Tollway Authority says in just five months it has issued 59,395 Peach Passes to people in the southern area. There is an average usage of 7,600 trips a day on the toll lanes.

"What we are seeing is that travel speeds through the lanes are faster than through the general purpose lanes so people are having that ability to get by traffic quicker through those lanes," SRTA Director of External Affairs Matt Markham said.

He added the same benefit and high usage numbers are what they expect to see when the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes open in the fall of next year.

"It's a bigger project, it's a more congested area with more travelers per day so we would expect that to be a higher number of trips," Markham said.

Those Northwest Corridor lanes start at the Cobb Cloverleaf and stretch all the way through Cobb County even splitting on I-575 in Cherokee County. The lanes run southbound in the morning and northbound the rest of the day.

People tell me that is a congested part of town that could use some help.

"I try to avoid that side of the town so if it works for us and helps them out then great," Lay said.

"I can see it being useful around Cumberland cause I hate driving up there and there is always traffic," driver Briyanna Releford said. "So I would see more cars using it up there than I do down here."

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