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Demolition of GA 400 toll plaza begins Friday

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

State officials have put up signs that alert drivers that work to lift the 50-cent toll on GA 400 and demolish the toll plaza will begin on Friday.

"I think it's well overdue, isn't it?" asked Patti Lance, who drove in on GA 400 to shop in Buckhead on Monday.

The state planned to lift the toll in 2011 but then voted to continue charging drivers. The governor then changed his mind last year and announced the toll would be removed, as promised.

The state will complete the project in four phases.  The first step calls for restriping and changing or removing signs. Drivers will eventually be shifted to various lanes as the work continues.

"I do travel 400 every day to go to work so, you know, that $1 a day does make a difference," said Jack Preston.

Other drivers said removing the tolls will not only save them money but time as well.

"I think it'll probably ease some congestion because it's a bottleneck as far as the tolls backing up," said Josh Hughes. "I think it will be helpful."

Georgia's Department of Transportation (GDOT) said much of the work will be done on nights and weekends to minimize the impact on drivers.

"There's a lot of red tape," said Hughes. "There's a lot of stuff to get through, so it could go great or it could be a total bust.  We'll just have to wait and see."

While work begins on Friday, the toll won't be lifted until around Thanksgiving. Work to physically remove the plaza is slated to begin in January and be completed by the fall of 2014.

"Be patient," said Lance. "Hang in there. It's for a good reason that it's coming down, I think."

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