Atlanta Business Chronicle-The federal government will award a $184 million grant this week to help finance the construction of toll lanes along Georgia 400, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall announced late Tuesday.

The project is part of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Major Mobility Investment Program, a planned $11 billion makeover of metro Atlanta’s interstate highway network that will feature other toll lanes and several interchange overhauls.

The Georgia 400 project will extend toll lanes north along the highway through North Fulton County 17 miles to McFarland Road.

The grant will come through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program.

Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, a member of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, credited the state’s willingness to step up with a $900 million transportation funding bill the General Assembly passed two years ago as a factor in landing the federal grant.

“Georgians in general have led by example when it comes to investing our own dollars, time and resources to building and improving our communities and infrastructure,” he said. “This decision by the [federal] DOT to recognize that effort in this way is further proof of the amazing things we’re getting done together.”

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