Support the Reliable Movement of Freight and Goods



Metro Atlanta is the largest freight market in the southeast. Freight traffic volume in the Atlanta region is expected to increase significantly in the next 25 years, driven by the rapid growth in international trade and the expansion of the Port of Savannah.

To fully capture the benefits that increased trade can provide, metro Atlanta must continue to maintain its position as the Southeast’s logistics hub through the development of safe multi-modal solutions that build new capacity for freight traffic and increase the efficiency of existing freight infrastructure. ARC’s updated freight plan is expected to be complete in early 2016.

  • I-75 near Bethlehem Road in Henry County – new interchange
  • I-285 West at I-20 in Fulton County – interchange reconfiguration
  • I-85 at Amlajack Boulevard Extension in Coweta County – new interchange
  • I-85 at Gravel Springs Road in Gwinnett County – new interchange
  • I-85 at SR 75 in Fulton County – interchange reconfiguration
  • SR 6 (Thornton Road) in Douglas County – congestion reduction and traffic flow improvements
  • Sigman Road in Rockdale County – roadway capacity and intersection improvement

Plan Details

Freight traffic on the Downtown Connector

Freight traffic on the Downtown Connector

PLAN IN ACTION: Interchange Improvements

The Atlanta Region’s Plan includes a number of projects designed to improve the movement of freight in metro Atlanta:

  • Reconfiguring the interchange at I-285 West and I-20 to install new barriers that separate north/south and east/west traffic streams before the interchange ramps, adding additional roadway capacity in an area with high freight volumes.
  • Building a new interchange on I-75 near Bethlehem Road in Henry County to provide alternative access to a rapidly growing warehouse and distribution center, enabling trucks to avoid nearby congested interchanges.
  • Realigning SR 92 around downtown Douglasville in Douglas County, eliminating a severe bottleneck along this critical regional corridor. The intersection was problematic for truck drivers, who have had to drive through the city of Douglasville to avoid an at-grade railroad crossing with steep approaches.
Realignment of SR 92 around downtown Douglasville

SR 92 is being realigned around downtown Douglasville to ease congestion and improve freight traffic

By the Numbers

56 Percent

Forecast increase in freight traffic in metro Atlanta by 2040

Metro Atlanta is the third largest inland port in the country, following Chicago and Dallas

Value of the Atlanta region’s freight-related industries, representing 38% of the metro area’s total economic output

 It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Provide safe and reliable access to freight land uses and major intermodal freight facilities
  • Promote the use of information technologies to foster the most efficient
    movement of freight
  • Preserve industrial land uses in proximity to existing freight corridors

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