ATLANTA -- More than 300,000 motorists travel through the interchange between Georgia 400 and I-285 every day, making it one of the most congested interchanges in metro Atlanta.
"I avoid it as much as I can," said Anna Trad of Cobb County. "I end up going a longer way to work just because you can sit there for quite a long time trying to get through it."
Political and engineering solutions have been equally slow. The intersection was a priority in the regional transportation SPLOST that voters turned down last summer.
So an incremental step toward improving that interchange got big-news treatment at the Capitol, when Governor Deal and fourteen other officials shared a podium to announcing that a community improvement district would contribute ten million dollars toward remaking 400 and 285.
"To me this is a catalyst to move things forward," said former DeKalb CEO Liane Levetan, a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission.