exit 10, ga 400.

i need to rant for a second this morning about exit 10, old milton parkway. here is the thing. the off-ramp from 400 north to old milton has a brand new lane for folks making a right turn. of course, this means there should be absolutely NO traffic.

here, however, is the problem. it seems that everyone and their brother work in the medical complexes that straddle morris road and north point parkway. there is probably about a football field and three lanes to cross to get from the off ramp to morris road. so of course, everyone gets to the top of the ramp and STOPS. and waits. and waits. until it is clear to cross all those lanes of traffic.

so every morning, our exit that should flow smoothly backs up onto the shoulder of the otherwise screaming fast ga 400 almost causing accidents and creating mass chaos.

the worst part, all those people turning on morris road could just head on down to north point parkway and turn there saving them and me the headache.

alright, my rant is over; just curious, do you all have an intersection or an on-ramp that just consistently, day in-day out, causes you a minor brain hemorrhage?

12 Comments so far

  1. Megan (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    Not an intersection so much as a block of road. Namely, 14th from Piedmont headed north to Peachtree Rd. There is ALWAYS some kind of truck (food service, sewage, moving van, postal van, etc etc) in the lane that I need to just go a mere 1,000 feet or so. Oh, the insanity.

  2. bad driver in front of you (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 8:59 am

    Complaining about Atlanta traffic is the new black.

  3. james (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 9:05 am

    i don’t know that there is anything ‘new’ about it ‘bdify’

  4. J S (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 9:13 am

    Old Roswell road intersection is horrible, as well as 285 East from the Smyrna/Vinings area… it takes a good 30 minutes to go 7 miles.

  5. gretagretchen (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    People wouldn’t stop if Atlanta drivers were actually polite enough to let people change lanes.

    I can’t say how many times I’ve missed a turn or exit because no one would let me over.

  6. BTI (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    Call, write, email (or all 3) to your legislators and tell them to make it happen.

  7. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Greta: Those would be the transplants from up north, or the local “big truck” drivers.

    BTI: Arterial buses? Perish the thought!

  8. gretagretchen (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    The people who won’t let me over? it’s all local drivers who are in far to much of a hurry to let one car by.

    I’m a transplant from “up north” and I never had that problem until I moved here.

  9. Chintan (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    Atlanta has three fundamental problems with its roadways. First, roads change names every five feet. Second, Atlanta seems to have an aversion to left turn signals. Third, lack of master planning: except for parts of downtown, Atlanta city streets follow ridgelines and old horse paths.

    Specific problems:

    1. Why doesn’t 14th Street heading west have a left turn signal at Peachtree Street?

    2. Why isn’t there a left turn signal at Briarcliff Road heading south at Ponce?

  10. james (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 10:30 am

    greta – i am with you. atlanta drivers HATE to let people merge. i-20 merging onto the connector north is particularly bad…..

  11. Eric (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

    I get peeved at the exit from 85 North to Exit 104/Pleasant Hill. If you’re turning right, there’s a big sign that says “Keep Moving,” because you get your own lane. So what does everyone do? Yeah, they stop and wait. It’s also like that at Exit 101/Indian Trail. What gives Gwinnetians?

  12. Ryan Ward (unregistered) on November 17th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    Holcomb Bridge southbound in the morning and in the afternoon is terrible.

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