If nothing else, the toll booths on Georgia State Route 400 have always been controversial.
For those who aren’t familiar with Atlanta’s roadways, GA-400 is a highway that has run up through the north side of Atlanta since 1971. Its southern end originates at Interstate 85 just north of downtown Atlanta, and it runs all the way up through Fulton, Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties.
Reports say there were plans to extend GA-400 to the south and through the city, but residents revolted and then-Gov. Jimmy Carter put an end to those plans.
But it’s the toll booth that gave drivers a love-hate relationship with the highway for the last two decades.
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Last November, the tolls were finally ended and the booths have been removed, but the video at the top of this page is a fun look back at the booths that were hailed as revolutionary by officials at the time. The report was filed in 1993 for CBS Channel 46; As you can see, storytelling has changed quite a bit in the last 21 years.
The toll booth opened in 1993 and was supposed to be discontinued in 2011, but then-Gov. Sonny Perdue extended the tolls until 2020. Gov. Nathan Deal chose to cut that extension short and remove the booths seven years ahead of the new plan but two years later than originally planned, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
Now, I can drive to Buckhead for free.
Hat tip to Reddit user ArchEast