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Work starts soon to shut down Ga. 400 toll plaza

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Consider it an early Christmas present of sorts. The toll booths on Ga. 400 are scheduled to shut down, weather permitting, on Nov. 21 – just in time for the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Georgia Department of Transportation officials said motorists would begin to see preliminary work before the end of October, including removal of signage and re-striping of lanes. The question on many Ga. 400 users’ minds is what will happen to traffic once the toll ends. Christopher Tomlinson, executive director of the State Road and Tollway Authority, said he has seen studies that show an increase in traffic, but it’s unpredictable until the road is open. “There are others that say without having that stop-andgo caused by the toll, it will get better,” Tomlinson said in a

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Proposed linear park would highlight portion of creek By MeLissa WeinMan

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Cassidy Payne, 8, aboard “Sandy,” gets an assist from her mom tara, during a costume contest at Chastain Horse Park in Buckhead on oct. 12. the duo participated as “Southern Belle and gentleman.”

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A group called the North Fork Connectors hopes to bring parts of Peachtree Creek to life with walking paths and bike trails. With a board of about 10 people, including an environmental engineer and people with connections to the Environmental Protection Agency and Trees Atlanta, the North Fork Connectors have applied for nonprofit status in hopes of securing grant funding to make their vision of a linear park along the north fork of the creek a reality. The north fork of Peachtree Creek begins around the inSee PRoPoSed, Page 2

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10-18-2013 Buckhead Reporter