Improvements to the entrance ramp from Abernathy Road to 400 north were finished two months ahead of schedule, the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts announced in a news release Monday. The project added a lane and extended both lanes of the entrance ramp from Abernathy Road to 400 northbound. The work was completed Saturday morning.
“We appreciate the work that GDOT and the State Road and Tollway Authority are doing to enhance mobility in the Perimeter market,” Perimeter CID President and CEO Yvonne Williams said as a news conference Monday overlooking the ramp improvements. “These improvements should reduce traffic congestion in this key employment center during rush hours.”
Williams thanked Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos and her administration for championing the Abernathy project and said, “The improvements are important to the economic development we see ahead for the Perimeter market.”
“We are appreciative of the quick work by GDOT to improve the flow of traffic onto the major arteries that flow through our city,” Galambos said at the news conference. “We saw immediate improvements at Roswell Road and [Interstate] 285 and know the changes to the Ga .400 ramps will produce equally positive results.”
United Parcel Service Vice President Chuck Altimari said the Abernathy ramps project “is really going to ease afternoon commutes” for his company. UPS employs nearly 2,000 at its world headquarters located on Glenlake Parkway near the Abernathy interchange at 400. Altimari noted that this is the third access improvement project in the Perimeter area in a little more than a year. Other projects include the Hammond half-diamond interchange opened in September 2011 and Georgia’s first diverging diamond interchange opened to crossover traffic June 3.
GDOT board member Brandon Beach said the Abernathy ramps project was about economic development.
“We’re all about jobs,” Beach said, adding GDOT looks forward to more design-build projects and getting projects finished ahead of schedule.
“The State Road and Tollway Authority is pleased to have partnered with the Georgia Department of Transportation, the City of Sandy Springs and Perimeter CIDs on this exciting project to significantly improve traffic flow, access and safety in this area,” said SRTA Director of Communications Malika Wilkins. “SRTA has committed more than $60 million in transportation infrastructure improvements in the Georgia 400 corridor, which enhances mobility and quality of life.”
C.W. Matthews Contracting Inc. of Marietta was awarded a contract for $2.06 million for the Abernathy ramp improvements with a completion date of Jan. 31. The project was funded by SRTA’s excess toll revenue as one of 12 Ga. 400 improvement projects.