Frequently Asked Questions

Q. There are so many acronyms! What do they all stand for?
A. The following is a list of the most commonly used acronyms associated with the Northwest Corridor Project:
AA: Alternatives Analysis
DEIS: Draft Environmental Impact Statement
EB: Eastbound
FEIS: Final Environmental Impact Statement
FHWA: Federal Highway Administration
GDOT: Georgia Department of Transportation
GRTA: Georgia Regional Transportation Authority
GTP: Georgia Transportation Partners
HERO: Highway Emergency Response Operator
HOT Lanes: High Occupancy Toll Lanes
HOV Lanes: High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
LPA: Locally Preferred Alternative
NB: Northbound
PIOH: Public Information Open House
PPI: Public Private Initiative
SB: Southbound
SRTA: State Road and Tollway Authority
WB: Westbound
Q. What types of community impacts will you look at when evaluating the project alternatives?
A. The project team is currently identifying and evaluating a comprehensive set of potential social, economic, and environmental impacts. Examples include effects on traffic, parking, existing bus service, economic development, neighborhoods, minority and low-income communities, air quality, aesthetics, noise and vibration, endangered species, historic resources, water resources and parklands.
Q. I own property/operate a business in the study area.  Will my property be taken?
A. The exact alignment and locations of the managed lane facilities have not yet been finalized. The purpose of the Northwest Corridor Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement is to identify and examine the potential impacts of all the proposed alternatives, and determine which is the best one to move forward. This Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) will be advanced and recommended in the Final EIS.
Q. How can I stay updated as the project progresses?
A. Stay updated by visiting this website often and joining the project mailing list.  Please call the Hotline Number at and leave your contact info or send your information to the email box:
Q. How does the Public Private Initiative (PPI) proposal affect the Northwest Corridor Project process?

A. The PPI process has been supplanted by the new Public Private Partnership (P3) process as required by new legislation signed into law by the Governor last year.  The PPI design services agreement expired at the end of 2009.  Beginning in February 2010, GDOT will solicit qualifications to select an appropriate proposer for a new P3 contract to utilize innovative financing techniques to implement the proposed improvements associated with the Northwest Corridor Project.

Q. How long will construction of the project last?

A. If the project is constructed by the traditional approach, where design and construction are authorized under separate contracts, then a 10-15 year timeframe is anticipated. More likely, the project will be built under a design/build approach and may be completed in as little as 6 years. The actual construction time required will be significantly less but will be set by the successful P3 proposer within acceptable limits as prescribed by GDOT.


Revised 01/14/2010