Transformative Perimeter Improvements Are Coming—How Will They Affect Your Commute?

What these Perimeter improvements mean for Atlanta

285 400 Under Construction

Unpredictable commute times and traffic congestion are issues the Transform 285/400 project seeks to address. By focusing on reconstruction and expansion, this project will create long-term infrastructure stability and ultimately improve the travel and safety of Perimeter commuters.

Median Landscaping State FarmEvery development project begins as an idea, a seed that grows into a tree with branches of possibility. Imagine planting a seed that grows into a tree with branches that connect commuters and workers to businesses and communities. The branches could be new and improved roads, bike trails, and walkways all designed to connect workers and residents with jobs, shops, and recreational opportunities. This is how Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) approach infrastructure redevelopment.

“PCID has built partnerships with Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven, Fulton and Dekalb Counties, business leadership, community organizations, and state and federal agencies, all dedicated to these improvements. One day, these growing pains will be a memory and we will be enjoying the rewards of our patience,” said Linda W. Johnson, External Affairs Director.

What Will These Growing Pains and Rewards Mean for Atlantans?

Transform 285/400 is as vast a project. With multiple lane closures, bridge reconstruction, and several phases of demolition and construction, the short-term effects of the project will be significant to Atlanta motorists. However, once completed, travel using the “Perimeter Pretzel,” the interchange of I-285 and GA 400, should improve significantly.

285 400 RenderingThe phases of the project are being staggered to minimize the impact it will have on travelers. In the short term, motorists can expect road closures, delays, and detours. There are multiple tools and resources available for commuters to track the progress of the project and find out what road changes are happening and how best to manage them.

What You Can Do

Atlantans are no strangers to traffic hassles. As our city develops, Atlantans can manage the changes by staying informed and working together as a community to ease the transitions.

There are many ways to stay in the loop about the Transform 285/400 project. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has multiple social media accounts including IG and Twitter where you can receive the latest traffic updates including road closures and available detours. You can also find more detailed project updates and information on their website.

In addition to government resources, PCIDs has its own service for commuters called Perimeter Connects.  It supports the vitality of the Central Perimeter area, offering free consulting services to employers and commercial properties.

PC implements transportation solutions to improve access and mobility and reduce congestion. This includes MARTA bus and train stations, shuttles, and transportation programs, such as rewards programs for carpooling or using public transit and free Uber rides for commuters. PC aims to be an advocate and partner for employers and commuters. This can mean everything from making it easier to navigate and travel around the district, to be proactive with project information and current developments that affect the district and the region.

Illuminated Street Sign Mast Arm Crosswalk Amenities“[Our] role is to ensure our community is in the loop (with maximum notice) on key district-impacting transportation updates. We work to give them time and tools to prepare themselves and their people to adapt, whether that might be for a week or, in this case, eight months,” said Johann Weber, Ph.D, Program Manager, Perimeter Connects.

To utilize Perimeter Connects, visit their website. You can also subscribe to their newsletter for more in-depth information and coverage of current development projects.

“We understand this project is extensive. It requires planning, preparation, and patience on everyone’s part.  But we are confident the results will make the Central Perimeter area the most accessible business district in the state,” says Ann M. Hanlon, PCIDs Executive Director.


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