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Gov. Deal announces move to lower I-85 tolls

ATLANTA -- Thursday afternoon, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced plans to lower tolls in the new I-85 Express Lane and make other changes in the wake of customer complaints.


Gov. Deal looking into Express Lanes controversy

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal is looking whether the cost of the Express Lanes along Interstate 85 is prohibitive to drivers.

Thousands of Metro Atlanta drivers have express frustration over the cost and organization of the new toll lanes, which opened Saturday.

The governor said officials have already determined that more entrances and exits are needed for the lanes. Deal said he hopes those changes will be addressed quickly.

11Alive News has been looking into both issues since early summer.

The $60 million Express Lanes project was approved before Deal took office.

EXPRESS LANES: By the numbers

ATLANTA -- The State Road and Tollway Authority has released new information about the controversial Express Lanes during their first few days in operation.

The Tollway Authority says the average speed in the Express Lanes during the morning commute Wednesday was double the speed in the general purpose lanes -- 54 mph versus 27 mph.

And travel times for drivers paying to use the Express Lanes was also significantly less -- 16 minutes compared to 41 minutes in the general purpose lanes. The Tollway Authority measured the travel time along the entire length of the Express Lanes from Old Peachtree Road to Chamblee Tucker Road.

But the Express Lanes come with a hefty price tag. The Tollway Authority charged drivers $5.40 to use the lane during the heaviest part of the morning and evening commutes.

Ga. Tollway Authority: No changes to Express Lanes yet

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The new Express Lanes along Interstate 85 have been mostly empty during their first week in operation, which has left a lot of questions on the minds of commuters stuck in the other lanes on the highway.

11Alive News asked officials with the Georgia Tollway Authority for some answers to those questions. Officials declined the opportunity to go on camera and said they would provide answers in writing.

Among the questions from 11Alive News:

Find a job for the holidays on 11Alive.com/holidayjobs

Looking to keep track of what jobs are available for the holiday season? Look no farther. We've put togehter a listing of information on jobs in one place, that will be updated as the season gets closer.

Just go online to http://www.11alive.com/holidayjobs

Right now, we've got information from several large retailers, including Macy's and Kohl's, for holiday hiring and how you can apply.

As more firms provide holiday hiring information, we'll include it here.

SNELLVILLE: Gas leak capped


A gas leak that forced road closures and business evacuations at a busy Gwinnett County intersection in the Snellville area has been capped.

Capt. Tommy Rutledge of the Gwinnett County fire department says the leak closed the intersection of Scenic Highway and Henry Clower Boulevard near U.S. Highway 78 for more than two hours on Wednesday.

A crew from Atlanta Gas Light worked to fix the leak, while Snellville police re-routed traffic in the area and assisted with evacuating about 100 people at the New London Plaza shopping center and adjacent businesses.

Rutledge says the leak was stopped shortly before 4 p.m.

Try It Review: MyZone Wireless Headphones

LAWRENCVILLE, GA - Heather Metzgar knows the frustration of trying to study in the same room with other people that are watching television.

"I've actually been in the room when my roommates are watching a movie or something and I'm trying to do something else and then their TV is like really loud."

For just $20, MyZone Wireless Headphones promises to let you listen to the TV without disturbing anyone else in the room.

The setup isn't too complicated. Pop two AA batteries into the transmitter. Then hook the cables up to the audio outputs in the back of the TV.

The headphones require two AA A batteries. Now you tune the headphones to the receiver.

Just make sure you've plugged your cables into the correct audio output. Heather had problems after using the wrong ones the first time. After figuring out her mistake, she tuned her headphones in without a hitch.