August 19, 2005
Monitoring Atlanta Traffic
Georgia Navigator allows you to keep tabs on current traffic conditions. You can create a personal traffic page to monitor your regular routes. The site also offers email alerts, access for mobile phones and PDAs, as well as separate RSS feeds for traffic incidents, construction, navigator news and navigator alerts(!!!).
And when you're stuck in traffic and need to speak to a live person to find out wtf is going on (be kind, people), they also provide phone numbers, which are listed below:
Speak to a Traffic Management Center Customer Service Representative to obtain real-time traffic conditions.
Cingular, Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile wireless customers: dial *DOT
Landline and other wireless carriers: dial 404-635-6800
Toll free: dial 1-888-635-8287
Last but not least, here's some highway construction news regarding this weekend. Apparently this is a press release, passed along to me by an office manager. I don't know if you can sign up for this sort of thing from the website, but there is news on the site regarding this construction. Looks like it's best to avoid I-285 AT ALL COSTS.
Georgia Department of Transportation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2005
GDOT Warns Motorists to Avoid Construction Delays on I-285 this Weekend
The Georgia DOT is warning motorists to expect extremely heavy traffic this weekend on I-285 on all four sides of the city. In Clayton County, work on the fifth runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will require up to three westbound lanes and one eastbound lane to be closed all weekend from Clark Howell Highway to Riverdale Road for paving. On the east side, crews will be striping on the northbound side between Glenwood Road and Northlake Parkway. The north side has projects at Buford Highway; at Perimeter Center Parkway between Ashford-Dunwoody Road and State Route 400; and at Cobb Parkway. On the west side, concrete paving will continue between State Route 166 and South Cobb Drive.
"I can say with confidence that if you use I-285 this weekend, you will experience construction delays. It is very important that motorists seek alternate routes and check the NaviGAtor web site (www.georgia-navigator.com) before they leave home," said District Construction Engineer Mickey McGee.
Two other work locations to note are I-20 on the west side and State Route 400 near Holcomb Bridge Road. On I-20 eastbound, two left lanes will be closed from the Chattahoochee River to MLK, Jr. Drive for resurfacing.
On State Route 400 northbound and southbound at Holcomb Bridge Road, up to two lanes will be closed for bridge work from 9:00 p.m. Friday until 5:00 a.m. Monday. This work will also affect lanes on Holcomb Bridge Road over State Route 400.
Motorists should use extreme caution when traveling through the work zones. Statistics show that three out of four work zone fatalities are motorists, not workers.