Maintain and Operate the Existing Transportation System to Provide for Reliable Travel

It is vital that the region focuses resources on maintaining and operating the existing transportation system before allocating resources to expand the current system. The Atlanta Region’s Plan prioritizes the maintenance of our existing system while promoting trip reliability and system resiliency in the future.



Work crews make road repairs

Work crews make road repairs

A well-maintained and functioning transportation network is critical for our region. The bulk of transportation funding included in The Atlanta Region’s Plan — nearly $62 billion, or 66% of the total – will be used to maintain the existing transportation system. The money will be used to resurface roads, repair and replace bridges, and replace buses and rail cars.

The money will be used to resurface roads, repair and replace bridges, and replace buses and rail cars. In addition, the plan includes funding to operate the region’s Transportation Systems Management and Operations programs, which are designed to ease congestion and improve safety and reliability.

  • US 41 (Northside Drive) at Peachtree Creek in Atlanta
  • US 29 (Lee Street) at Southwest Beltline Trail in Atlanta
  • SR 82 at Middle Oconee River in Barrow County
  • Bells Ferry Road at Little River in Cherokee County
  • Valley Hill Road at Flint River in Clayton County
  • SR 54 at Bear Creek and Shoal Creek in Coweta County
  • US 29/78/278 at Lullwater Creek in DeKalb County
  • SR 42 (Briarcliff Road) at South Fork Peachtree Creek in DeKalb County
  • HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operators) traffic incident management and clearance
  • Georgia Navigator Advanced Traffic Management System, including freeway cameras, speed detection, and on-ramp metering
  • Traffic signal synchronization
  • Variable speed limits

By the Numbers

$38.7 billion

Road and bridge maintenance, operations and safety

$23.2 billion

Transit operations and maintenance (includes buses and rail car replacement)

EXAMPLE: GDOT Transportation Management Center

The Transportation Management Center in East Atlanta

The Transportation Management Center in East Atlanta

The Georgia Department of Transportation operates a Transportation Management Center in East Atlanta, which provides the ability to respond during special events and emergencies. The facility is able to monitor real-time traffic conditions across the region by a network of more than 1,600 cameras. The center also coordinates ramp meters, highway traffic message signs, and HERO operations.

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Prioritize data-supported maintenance projects over expansion projects
  • Promote system reliability and resiliency
  • Promote transit and active transportation modes to improve access