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Posted: December 14, 2011

Lt. Gov. has proposal for HOT lanes

By Veronica Waters

ATLANTA, Ga. None —

Georgia's second-in-command says he has a solution to the congestion problems on I-85 that intensified and caused such commuter anger since the hot lanes have come into existence.

WSBs Sandra Parrish caught up with him at Wednesday's Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Lt. Gov Casey Cagle says he knows the pain of Gwinnett County commuters stuck on I-85.

"When someone has something for free, and then you take it away and charge them for it, it's going to be controversial," said Cagle.

He's proposing that the Department of Transportation add one or two reversible lanes from either side of the expressway to help during rush hour.

"There would be a movable barrier that would go over and give you one or two additional lanes on the other side," Cagle said. "And that would actually be what your HOT lane would consist of."

Cagle admits that federal approval would first be needed.

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