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HOT lanes cause congestion on side roads

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- They are angry, confused and frustrated. Gwinnett County commuters are growing more and more frustrated as the state tries to figure out how to make the new toll lanes on I-85 work best for them.

But rather than solutions, more problems seem to be cropping up. A side effect to the backups on the interstate is that side roads are getting more congested.

Jason Waldon's frustration began when the state changed the rules on who could use the HOT lane for free. He used to carpool with a co-worker in the HOV lane. Now if he wants to use the HOT lane, he has to pay, something he refuses to do.

His frustration grew when he gave up on the backups in the general purpose lanes and tried to find an alternate route. "And we're like we'll try alternate routes, and the traffic on the road was just backed up, and it was backed up beyond belief as well," Waldon said.

Inspired to Play Through Grief

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA--- Central Gwinnett Receiver Malachi Jones is playing through grief this season after his father passed away suddenly in June.  Malachi, now the man of the house is playing this season in honor of his father's memory.

Petition to stop HOT lane gains strength

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- Response to a petition drive to stop the HOT lane on I-85 has been overwhelming according to the man who started it. Howard Rodgers, who started "Stop the HOT Lane" out of frustration, said he received over 400 emails from people wanting to sign the petition twelve hours after he announced it on 11 Alive News.

He also said he has received a lot of honks on the highway from people who read the back window of his SUV. It reads "Sign the Petition @stopthehotlane.com". Rodgers said the response has been so rapid he decided to start a web page where people can sign the petition on line. "Most of the responses are, 'Hey, I'm with you', 'This is not right'," Rodgers said.

GWINNETT: Petition drive to stop HOT lane

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The state has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant a waiver to allow two people in a car to be exempt from paying tolls on their commute on I-85. It is another adjustment to the controversial HOT lanes used primarily by Gwinnett County commuters.

That's not good enough for a grass roots effort to stop the toll lanes. Right now, there is one Gwinnett County commuter behind that effort, but he's hoping that will change soon. Howard Rodgers plans to start a petition drive.

"It's adding extra travel time, it's causing gas waste, and it's causing time waste," Rodgers said about the HOT lanes.

Rodgers said he feels like a guinea pig while the state figures out if the new HOT lanes work. "It's one of those things where they say well, if it works in Gwinnett, we'll do it statewide," he said.

GWINNETT: Residents urged to conserve water

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- As Lake Lanier's water level continues to drop, Gwinnett County officials are urging residents to reduce water consumption.

Acting Water Resources Director Lynn Smarr said residents need to remember the importance of conserving water because of the ongoing drought.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicts that Lake Lanier will be more than 10 feet below full pool by the middle of October.

The department is hosting a free water conservation workshop on Nov. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration auditorium.

 

Kroger recalls ice cream with unlisted peanuts

Kroger recalls ice cream with unlisted peanuts

CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co. is recalling ice cream sold in Georgia and nine other states because it may contain peanuts not mentioned on the label.

The nation's largest grocery store operator says people with peanut allergies could have a serious or even life-threatening reaction if they eat the Private Selection Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream being recalled.

The recall involves only 16-ounce pints of the product with a sell-by date of June 18, 2012 and the UPC code 11110 52909.

The ice cream was sold at Kroger stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as the company's Jay C, Food 4 Less, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's stores in Illinois and Indiana.

Kroger says shoppers should return the product to supermarkets for a refund or replacement.

NORCROSS: 1 change may not come quickly on I-85 Express Lanes

ATLANTA, Ga -- A request for change on the I-85 Express Lanes is now in the hands of the U.S. Department of Transportation, but a spokesperson for the agency indicates change may not come right away.

At the request of Governor Nathan Deal, the State Road and Tollway Authority sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, asking for approval to allow vehicles with two people to ride in the new toll lanes for free. The U.S. Department of Transportation would have to approve the change since a 2008 agreement between the feds and the state of Georgia called for three or more in a vehicle to ride free in the Express Lanes.

"In a general sense, our inclination is to give the lanes some time to work," said U.S. Department of Transportation spokesperson Nancy Singer.