I-85/285 'Tom Moreland Interchange' - Dekalb Co, GA


The I-85/285 interchange in NE Suburban Atlanta, GA is a wonderfully complex mass of ramps connecting two freeways (including both their through and local C/D lanes). This is one of the busiest freeway junctions in the Eastern USA. Jim K. Georges from Metro Atlanta is working on a website covering this neat interchange and has followed its transition from simple cloverleaf to what it is today.

He writes: "Here's the skinny on what us Atlantan's call "Spaghetti Junction". It's officially named the Tom Moreland Interchange after the former Georgia DOT Commisioner who was a driving force behind many of Atlanta's freeway upgrades in the 70's and 80's (there are signs approaching the interchange that say "Tom Moreland Interchange")

"The original interchange was a basic cloverleaf built in 1958, by the mid 70's plans were being drwan up to upgrade the intersection as traffic volumes(along with metro Atlant'a growth) were increasing faster than anyone ever imagined. By 1980 the plan was set and in 1982 construction was contracted at $86 Million. Construction began in 1983 with the first ramp opening in 1985 (I-285 north to I-85 South). It should be noted that early in the construction of this ramp, it collapsed during a heavy rain and wind storm late one night, luckily it was confined to the construction area and there were no injuries.

"The interchange was completed in early 1987 and serves close to 300,000 cars daily.

"It's similar to a basic 4 level stack in principle but the proximity of other exits on I-85 & I-285 required more intricate ramp work adding to the overall mass of the interchange and it is also more spread out than most basic "stack" interchanges.

"The highest ramp is the transition from I-285 S to I-85 N which soars 90 feet (28 meters) above I-85."

He should have his website with lots of COOL photos of this interchange up shortly. :-)



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