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Tight budget forces change in plan for toll lanes

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Department of Transportation official says a proposal for toll lanes on interstate highways north of Atlanta has been reduced because of budget problems.

Darryl VanMeter, DOT's acting administrator for innovative projects, says the proposal for toll lanes on I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties is being redrawn in an attempt to salvage it.

The state originally proposed eight new single-direction toll lanes on I-75, four for trucks and four for cars.

The new project would have two reversible lanes on I-75 from I-285 to I-575. I-75 and I-575 would each have one reversible lane, up to Hickory Grove Road and Sixes Road.

VanMeter says contractors working on the project presented the alternative in January.