Tom Moreland Interchange
|Tom Moreland Interchange|
Tom Moreland Interchange from I-85 traveling southbound
US 23 / SR 13 Buford Highway
|Maintained by||Georgia Department of Transportation|
Tom Moreland Interchange, colloquially known as Spaghetti Junction, is the intersection of Interstate 85 and Interstate 285, along with several access roads, in northern DeKalb County, Georgia, just northeast of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is named for Tom Moreland, a former commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation from 1975 to 1987.
I-85 is a major traffic corridor from the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta in the Gwinnett County area into downtown Atlanta. I-285 is a beltway around Atlanta. In the northern I-285 corridor, in the area from I-85 counterclockwise to I-75, there has been a large amount of development of office space. Spaghetti Junction was designed to remove choke points and reduce congestion in the I-85 and I-285 interchange, which had been a cloverleaf.
Type of interchange
The interchange is a stack interchange. Because of a northeast-to-southwest ramp that passes over the fourth level of the interchange, Spaghetti Junction is a five-level stack interchange, not a traditional four-level stack. It contains additional ramps to accommodate traffic on four nearby side roads: Buford Highway/US 23, Chamblee-Tucker Road, Pleasantdale Road, Northcrest Road. The interchange currently handles approximately 300,000 vehicles each day. It has 14 bridges, the highest rising 90 feet (27 m), running from Northcrest Road to I-85 South. The newer interchange replaced an older cloverleaf interchange dating back to 1958 and was constructed between 1983 and 1987 as part of the Freeing the Freeways program to relieve congestion on Atlanta-area interstates.
Origin of nickname
In popular culture
The interchange's colloquial name of "Spaghetti Junction" is mentioned in an eponymous song by the Atlanta-based hip hop group Outkast in their 2000 album Stankonia and in the film Baby Driver, which is set in Atlanta.
The interstate has also been pictured on a 2017 album cover, Quality Control: Control the Streets Volume 1. The album features many rising artists that call Atlanta their home, including The Migos, Lil Yachty, and Young Thug.
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- "Atlantans, Edgar Wright's Baby Driver Is a Serious Love Letter to Your City". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
- "Stream Quality Control Music's 'Control the Streets Volume 1' - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 3 July 2018.