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Tue May 3, 2016, 08:44 AM

Well, I guess I'm going to have to ask yall about traffic in Atlanta again.


I expect to be going to Atlanta via 85 and continuing on 85 through Atlanta on this coming Thursday.


What's the traffic like? Are there any lulls in the traffic?

Would it be better to get on 285 and then get back on 85?

Any toll roads?

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Reply Well, I guess I'm going to have to ask yall about traffic in Atlanta again. (Original post)
raccoon May 2016 OP
redstateblues May 2016 #1
Phentex May 2016 #2
raccoon May 2016 #3
Phentex May 2016 #4
raccoon May 2016 #7
Phentex May 2016 #9
Laurian May 2016 #5
alfie May 2016 #6
groundloop May 2016 #8
raccoon May 2016 #10

Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue May 3, 2016, 09:00 AM

1. 285 for sure-it's bad but especially bad at rush hour

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue May 3, 2016, 09:09 AM

2. Depends on the time you hit town...

rush hour will be bad no matter what and worse if there's an accident. Otherwise, I'd take 285 around if you can. If you have an app, you can check for construction or accidents. You can also check Georgia 511 for both.

I know parts of 285 have construction but I don't know which way you'll be going. Are you traveling southbound?

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Response to Phentex (Reply #2)

Tue May 3, 2016, 09:38 AM

3. Yes. Going to Montgomery. nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #3)

Tue May 3, 2016, 09:53 AM

4. Do you have a phone with maps?

I've had a lot of success having it tell me about construction. If you aren't here during rush hour, just go straight through town. No tolls. There's a hot lane but you need a pass for that.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #4)

Tue May 3, 2016, 11:43 AM

7. I do! But I've never used it. Does it indicate on the maps where there's contruction? nt


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Response to raccoon (Reply #7)

Tue May 3, 2016, 03:54 PM

9. Yes...

It (section of the road) should turn orange or red depending on the severity. Then you click on it and it will tell you what the problem is (accident report or construction).

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue May 3, 2016, 10:13 AM

5. I hate 285 with a passion.

Trucks are required to take that route around Atlanta and it is almost always a nightmare....at least for me. I avoid it whenever possible.

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Response to Laurian (Reply #5)

Tue May 3, 2016, 11:30 AM

6. I agree.

285 is awful! I only use it if I am going to get on 20 heading towards Ala. 85 is iffy but if you use a phone app or call 511 to wrecks on it, it can be pretty fast other than rush hours. Some slowing as you get into downtown Atlanta, but usually still moves, just at a slower pace.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Tue May 3, 2016, 01:40 PM

8. If you can choose your timing, try to come through ATL around 10 AM

If you can hit it between around 10AM and noon you should be able to go straight through on 85 without too much trouble (barring a wreck of course).

Also, have you looked at typical traffic for various times on google maps? That's usually a pretty good indicator of what it'll be like.

(And wave to me as you go through downtown, I'll likely be at Georgia Tech moving my son out of his dorm when you're driving through.)

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Wed May 4, 2016, 07:58 AM

10. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.


I was SOOOO happy to hear Gov. Deal vetoed the bill for concealed carry on campuses at public universities.

At last, somebody had the courage to stand up to the NRA.


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