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HOT lanes cooling off?

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- They've flopped in Gwinnett County, fizzled in Cobb and Cherokee and have now re-surfaced in Henry County.

We are talking, of course, about HOT lanes -- the controversial toll lanes, which are supposed to be the antidote to the region's traffic woes.

High Occupancy Toll or HOT lanes have enjoyed a brief but highly controversial history in Georgia.

Drivers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties were outraged when they debuted there this fall, complaining that the lanes significantly increased commute times for the majority of drivers.

The Georgia Department of Transportation pulled the plug this week on a similar project in Cobb County -- just months before construction was set to begin.

The latest HOT lane project is slated for a 12-mile stretch of Henry County. The lane is designed to be reversible, northbound during the congested morning commute and then southbound when those same drivers head home in the evening.