The long-awaited Hammond ramps, located within the city limits of Sandy Springs, will open to the public September 2. The ramps will offer access for the first time to Georgia 400 at Hammond Drive.
The ramps will provide a north entrance and a south exit along Georgia 400, offering a new gateway to Metro Atlanta’s largest office district. They are part of the nearly $18 million Hammond Half-Diamond Interchange project that also includes a new, wider Hammond Drive bridge across Georgia 400.
The interchange was developed through a partnership of Georgia Department Of Transportation, which funded the $12 million cost of the bridge, and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, which contributed $5 million for the ramps. The City of Sandy Springs Development Authority financed the PCIDs’ portion of the project, saving the organization $500,000 in interest fees. Sandy Springs also contributed $150,000 for lighting, fencing and other upgrades to the Hammond Bridge.
The opening of the ramps will complete nearly two years of construction on the Hammond Half-Diamond Interchange. The ramps and replacement of the four-lane Hammond overpass with a nine-lane, higher bridge are designed to meet current and future traffic volumes. GDOT also added an auxiliary lane from the north entrance ramp to the Abernathy Interchange at Georgia 400.
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