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Deal fulfills promise to end tolls on GA 400
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Deal fulfills promise to end tolls on GA 400

Deal fulfills promise to end tolls on GA 400

Deal fulfills promise to end tolls on GA 400

It's now free to drive on GA 400.  The tolls ended sooner than expected at 11:08 a.m.

"As governor, I am proud to be able to say and put the stamp ‘paid in full' on the GA 400 roadway," says Gov. Nathan Deal.

He actually collected the final 50 cents from the same couple who paid the first toll 20 years ago.

Michael and Linda Weinroth had been waiting an hour at the time for the new extension on GA 400 to open.

"It was my birthday and the guy who worked for the DOT was really nice and said 'it's your birthday... well, maybe we can work something out for you'," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish.

The couple made headlines then, and made them again Friday as the toll ended.

"I think it's a great day for everybody and we'll look back on it and say it's time and we're fortunate we can be on this road and not pay for it any longer," says Weinroth.

Deal says it was important to fulfill the promise he made during his campaign as well as the promise the state made to end the tolls once their bonds were paid off.

"The toll needed to be ended once the bills were paid and that's what state leaders have promised and that is what the road was built to do and today we're living up to that," he says.

Barriers will be put up overnight to keep traffic from using the toll booth lanes.  Traffic will then be diverted into the three Peach Pass lanes and remain there until the dismantling of the toll plaza is complete next fall.

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