midtown mayhem (weekend edition.)

the 14th street bridge project is the gift that keeps on giving.

beginning this weekend and also on the next two weekends after the atlanta police will be ‘pacing’ traffic on the downtown connector so that georgia power can relocate equipment around the new bridge (details available on the 14th street project site.)

basically for about 15 minutes every hour from 7 am for the next ten hours the police will be slowing traffic to 20 mph and blocking off any new traffic from getting onto the downtown connector. i have gotten caught in this pacing once before and it is an unmitigated traffic disaster.

gdot suggests you give 511 a call before you head out. i suggest you take surface streets if you need to move north/south through the city.

or maybe this is the time for you to finally give something else a try.

4 Comments so far

  1. james (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    as an update, i was on the #137 this morning and we crossed over the connector on the 10th street bridge. i didn’t really notice any major traffic, but it’s still early….

  2. Mary (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    I got stuck in it at about 5 pm yesterday. What a mess. I ran out for Chick-Fil-A and a three minute trip ended up taking about 20 minutes. Traffic was at a standstill on the access road from Howell Mill going south into 75. Just stuck the car in park and munched on my waffle fries until finally a couple of police motorcycles and ALL the traffic on 75 came creeping by beside me.

    Can someone explain why they can’t do this at night?

  3. larry english (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    you drove your car for a 3 minute trip?

  4. JSF (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    There is such a thing as a 3 minute car trip in Atlanta?

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