Box 5, Folder 15, Document 6

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June 16, 1966 _ )


Honorable Jack Summers, Chairman
Public Works Committee Number 1
Board of Aldermen ;
City of Atlanta

City Hail

Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Alderman Summers:

The U. S. Bureau of Public Roads has requested that the Mayor
and Board of Aldermen concur in the State Highway Department
of Georgia recommended location of Interstate Route 485 (1-485),
Line "B",

You are well aware of all the arguments in support of and in
opposition to the location of this road along the route recommended
as well as other routes which were thoroughly investigated and

I am confident the Highway Department concerned itself not only
with the engineering requisites, but with all the other factors
to minimize residential dislocation and community disorganization,

The City of Atlanta cannot afford further delay in seeing this project
started. Besides the critical need of [1-485 for the relief of north-
side Atlanta traffic congestion, the approval of several other

major highway projects for the benefit of Atlanta motorists is
contingent upon the construction of 1-485.

The construction of that portion of F-056 from the northern limits
of 1-485 near Marian Road to the junction of the Appalachian
Developmental Highway at the Circumferential Route (1-285) is
directly dependent upon the approval of 1-485. If approval is not

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Alderman Summers
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June 16, 1966

gained on the above numbered project, this section would probably
lose Federal Participation and revert to the local governmental
bodies to complete. There would be some question as to whether
F-056 south of 1-485 would ever be constructed, particularly the
section within the Circumferential Route (1-285), if 1-485 is not
approved, :

The improvement of the Northeast Freeway (I-85) which consists of
widening to six lanes from the interchange with I-485 near Cheshire
Bridge Road to the Circumferential Route (I-285) would be long
delayed if not stoppt = entirely if I-485 is not approved.

The possibility of F-120, the easterly extension of Lakewood
Avenue, becoming a traveling reality is dependent upon the
approval of 1-485,

I, therefore, recommend that the Board of Aldermen adopt the
attached resolution concurring in Line 'B" of 1-485 and that

we urge the State Highway Department to give top priority to its


Ivan Allen, Jr.

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