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GWINNETT | Gov. Deal would like to see I-85 toll dropped to 1 cent per mile, sometimes | News

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GWINNETT | Gov. Deal would like to see I-85 toll dropped to 1 cent per mile, sometimes
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ATLANTA - Non-rush hour commuters on I-85 in Gwinnett County may be more inclined to jump into those Express Lanes - if the State Road and Tollway Authority decides to drop the toll for the lanes even further.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal got word Wednesday that the state may drop the tolls in the Express Lanes to one cent per mile during non-rush times. 

"This would have to get approved by SRTA's board, which is meeting next week," Governor Deal's spokeman Brian Robinson said in an email to 11Alive News.  "The Governor would like to see this approved."

The state couldn't eliminate the toll altogether without getting a federal waiver.  "We don't need a waiver to go to one cent a mile and that's the best option available to us at this point," Robinson said.  "The waiver request would probably be denied."

But, Robinson also pointed out that the penny-per-mile toll would not go into effect during morning and afternoon rush hours.  He said the Express Lanes were operationg "well" during those hours with current, floating rates that are based on congestion.

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