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Truck-only lanes still in the works for Georgia

Trucks could be using the lanes by 2030. (Source:WALB) Trucks could be using the lanes by 2030. (Source:WALB)
Governor Nathan Deal (Source:WALB) Governor Nathan Deal (Source:WALB)
A barrier will seperate the trucks from other vehicles. (Source:WALB) A barrier will seperate the trucks from other vehicles. (Source:WALB)
MACON, GA (WALB) -

Drivers along I-75 could see less trucks on the road in the future.

Governor Deal said that the truck-only lanes are still in the state’s long-term goals.

Officials hope to install two truck-only lanes that will stretch across 38 miles of I-75.

The two lanes will run from Macon to McDonough and will include a barrier that’ll separate the trucks from the general traffic.

The state hopes that separating the trucks will not only help alleviate the congestion along I-75, but also make the roadway safer for everyone.

The project is expected to cost over $2 billion dollars.

Governor Deal mentioned earlier this month that House Bill 170 will help with the project’s cost.

“[House Bill 170] makes a huge difference. In addition to improving local roads, replacing bridges that have been in desperate need of repair for a very long time, it gives us the extra funding to do some of these new projects that hold a long-term, positive promise for our state,” Governor Deal said.

The project is progressing, but at a slow rate.

The governor said that because the project involves an interstate, it has to be approved by the Federal Highway Commission.

According to a report by Trucks.com, the lanes could be in use by 2030.

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