Interstate 285 Inner Loop - I-75 to Doraville

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Exit 27 partitions into ramps for SR 400 south to Buckhead in Atlanta and U.S. 19 & SR 400 (Turner McDonald Parkway) north to Roswell, Alpharetta and Cumming. Tolls along SR 400 south were lifted on November 22, 2013. 08/27/04
Interstate 285 passes below the southbound lanes of SR 400, one mile ahead of Ashford-Dunwoody Road (Exit 29). The Transform 285/400 project underway through 2020 upgrades the directional cloverleaf interchange between the two freeways here to eliminate left side ramps and address weaving traffic concerns. 07/05/14
Leading away from U.S. 19/SR 400 (North Fulton Expressway), Interstate 285 passes through the Perimeter Center, a collection of office, retail and condominiums located within Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. 07/02/17
A half diamond interchange with Peachtree-Dunwoody Road adds an auxiliary lane to I-285 east to Exit 29 with Ashford-Dunwoody Road. 07/02/17
Crossing into Dekalb County, Interstate 285 straddles the Dunwoody city line to Exit 31 with SR 141 (Peachtree Industrial Boulevard). 07/02/17
A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) with Ashford-Dunwoody Road links Interstate 285 with Perimeter Mall to the north and the city of Brookhaven to the south. The exchange was converted from a standard diamond in 2012. 07/02/17
Continuing east, the Perimeter Highway advances 1.25 miles to Exit 30 at Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Chamblee Dunwoody Road separates the cities of Brookhaven and Chamblee south 1.5 miles to Harts Mill Road. 07/02/17
An auxiliary lane accompanies the inner loop of I-285 east from Exits 29 to 30. The freeway crosses the North Folk of Nancy Creek just north of Murphey Chandler Park on this stretch. 07/02/17
Beyond the split diamond interchange at Exit 30, Interstate 285 curves southeast through Doraville to SR 141 (Exit 31) and U.S. 23 & SR 13 (Exit 32). 07/02/17
Frontage roads (Savoy Drive east / Cotillion Drive west) connect ramps at Exit 30 with both Shallowford Road and Peachtree Road north into Doraville and south into Chamblee. An array of apartments, retail, and schools spread to the north. 07/02/17
Reassurance marker for Interstate 285 posted beyond the Chamblee Dunwoody Road overpass along eastbound. 07/02/17
The subsequent exit along the I-285 inner loop joins the Atlanta Beltway with Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, a freeway extending northeast from Exit 31 through Doraville. Georgia 141 parallels I-85 to Norcross. 07/02/17
Five ramps depart the inner loop of Interstate 285 in quick succession over the ensuing 1.75 miles. Paralleling the Norfolk Southern Railroad, U.S. 23 (Buford Highway) navigates through an industrial and retail area midway between SR 141 (Exit 30) and I-85 (Exit 32). 07/02/17
Exit 31A leaves I-285 east for SR 141 (Peachtree Industrial Boulevard) south into Chamblee. Several car dealerships line the commercial arterial nearby, some taking the place of the demolished GM Plant to the south. 07/02/17
Exit 31B follows from within the six-ramp parclo interchange with SR 141 (Peachtree Industrial Boulevard) north. SR 141 forms a 28-mile arc leading southwest to Buckhead and northeast to Forsyth County near Cumming. 07/02/17
Interstate 285 angles southeast from Doraville to the four level interchange (Exits 33A/B) with Interstate 85. I-85 straddles the city line northeast into Gwinnett County and southwest to Chamblee. 07/02/17
Nearing the parclo interchange (Exit 32) with U.S. 23/SR 13 (Buford Highway), the Perimeter Highway passes under the NS Railroad and MARTA by the Doraville Transit Center. The succeeding exit joins a collector distributor roadway from U.S. 23 to both I-85 and adjacent Chamblee Tucker Road. 07/02/17
U.S. 23 (Buford Highway) parallels the Interstate 85 corridor northeast from Chamblee to Norcross, Duluth and Suwanee. I-285 meets the US route again in southwest Dekalb County. 07/02/17
Interstate 285 curves southward from I-85 to the city of Tucker over the succeeding four and a half miles. 07/02/17
Crossing over U.S. 23 (Buford Highway), an arrow per lane (APL) sign outlines the forthcoming partition with Exit 33A for I-85 south to Atlanta and Exit 33B for I-85 north to Greenville, South Carolina. The four level exchange between the two freeways is locally known as "Spaghetti Junction". 07/02/17
Three lanes provide through traffic movements for Interstate 285 south to Clarkston, Stone Mountain and Decatur. 07/02/17
Exit 33A consists of a slip ramp onto the adjacent c/d roadway leading southeast from U.S. 2/SR 13 to I-85 south and Chamblee Tucker Road. I-85 (Northeast Expressway) constitutes a heavily traveled commuter route south into Atlanta. The freeway combines with I-75 along the Downtown Connector in 11 miles at the Brookwood Interchange. 07/02/17
One quarter mile ahead of the two-lane flyover ramp taking commuters onto Interstate 85 north toward Suwanee, Lawrenceville and Gainesville. 07/02/17
Traffic partitions from both the Exit 33A c/d roadway and the Perimeter Highway mainline for Interstate 85. I-85 travels 130 miles northeast to Greenville and 230 miles to Charlotte, North Carolina. 07/02/17
Spaghetti Junction utilizes four high speed flyovers in addition to c/d roadways lining both sides of I-85 and I-285. The systems interchange replaced a low speed cloverleaf interchange. 07/02/17
Formally named the Tom Moreland Interchange, the high speed exchange linking I-85/285 was completed by September 1987. 07/02/17
A slip ramp joins Interstate 285 south from U.S. 23 (Buford Highway) ahead of the bridges over the I-85 mainline. 07/02/17
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Despite the high-speed design of Spaghetti Junction, the multi-level interchange is often congested due to heavy volumes of commuter traffic. 07/02/17


Photo Credits:

  • 08/27/04 by J.T. Legg.
  • 07/05/14 by AARoads.
  • 07/02/17 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 85
U.S. 19
State Route 400 - Turner McDonald Parkway

Page Updated 07-03-2017.

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