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poeticdiabetic
03-28-2008, 07:24 PM
As a matter of public announcement, I want to warn those driving down through downtown Atlanta to get to Disney. The Georgia DOT is issuing a warning that construction will be occurring on the weekends that will severly hamper highway traffic on I-75. The problems may be either Northbound or Southbound, depending on where they're working that weekend. Traffic will be backed up. Construction will begin on April 5th!

Oh, and today in Atlanta... Spring Break Traffic coming from and going to Florida had Atlanta traffic backed up pretty bad. Fridays are the worst days to go through Atlanta!

Happy Motoring!:woohoo:

waynesgirl
03-28-2008, 08:51 PM
People, take 285W or 285E, either one will take you around ATL to the 75S interchange.

Another good way is take 285E to 675S and 675 runs you into 75S without having to go by the A/P. But beware, 285 is "affectionately" labeled the Speedway of the South.

Happy Driving!!!!

dawgfan
03-28-2008, 08:58 PM
I -75 is under construction all over. I am more familiar with the southern end....from Macon to Valdosta. Contruction sites are periodic from south of Cordele to the state line. Perry is fairly heavily speed checked in summer. Cordele is nothing short of the biggest and most prolific speed trap in the south. This acitivity generally starts just past the exit for Hwy 300-the Ga. Fla. Parkway. A unit sits on a bridge on both sides of the Interstate laser speed checking. There will be as many as 4 to 5 units sitting on the exit ramp on both sides waiting for a speeder call from the radar unit. It is a real elaborate speed enforcement detail. The construction is widening to more lanes and bridge constuction. It is usually done at night but there is always some activity in the day.

Shmily1
03-28-2008, 08:59 PM
If you can ride on 285 without being scared to death, you should be able to go on any attraction in WDW!!!! ToT should not scare you one bit!!!! I'd rather sit still on I-75!!!!

willis37862
03-28-2008, 09:00 PM
Any idea on how long this will be going on? We are headed down this fall and we usually go that way.

waynesgirl
03-28-2008, 10:13 PM
If you can ride on 285 without being scared to death, you should be able to go on any attraction in WDW!!!! ToT should not scare you one bit!!!! I'd rather sit still on I-75!!!!

Amen to that, y'all! You are definitely a local!

As far as continuing, does it really EVER end in Atlanta as far as construction?

mickeymousemom
03-28-2008, 10:37 PM
Construction ends in Atlanta when pigs fly. :) And I totally agree about the Friday thing. Its a horrible day to drive thru. A couple years ago, we hit the northside of the city around 3:30(Friday). We hit the southside about 3 and half hours later. No kidding. We were a bit south of downtown and looking at the map I told Dh to take the next exit. We did, and drove thru several small towns(very cute and historic, BTW), cutting back to 75 about 30 minutes later.
We live in Indiana and usually leave on a Friday, so decided to try going thru Alabama. It worked. We missed Atlanta altogether and our time wasn't much different than if we had taken 75.
If you hit Atlanta at the right time, you get right thru on 75 with no problem. The thing is, anymore its hard to know when the "right time" is. :rolleyes:

myhusbandnofanofdis
03-28-2008, 11:47 PM
If you can ride on 285 without being scared to death, you should be able to go on any attraction in WDW!!!! ToT should not scare you one bit!!!! I'd rather sit still on I-75!!!!


Ohhhh... This explains why my 4 year old loved TOT last year. We rode it about 5 times. She thought it was great! Now, I know it is because she rides with me on 285!!

Seriously, this is a great warning for people. Traffic in Atlanta is bad enough. Closing the connector on the weekends is going to make it VERY VERY bad.

Personally, though, I would rather ride on 285 than to sit on 75. I hate sitting in traffic! Just get in a lane you are comfortable driving in, and have fun!!

Cool-Beans
03-29-2008, 12:24 AM
A friend of mine just got back from a trip to Key West (the real one, the island, not in Orlando) that was routed through Atlanta both ways.

On the way out of Atlanta (to KW), an engine blew and they had to return to the airport, making an emergency landing.

On the way back (from KW), they got as far as Atlanta and were stranded overnight due to some kind of "wiring" issue with the plane.

I think Atlanta had a hex put on it by some unhappy traveling witch.

Timon-n-Pumbaa Fan
03-29-2008, 12:30 AM
GA DOT (http://www.dot.state.ga.us/travelingingeorgia/Pages/default.aspx)'s website has all the info. I believe it's going to take 8 months to resurface 75 in the ATL, or at least that's what they have said on the news.

All7OfUs
03-29-2008, 02:58 AM
We are leaving Knoxville around 6:00 am next Friday, which should put us in Atlanta around 9:30. Can anyone tell me if this might be in that magical hour that things might be calm?? Also, given the Atlanta potential hang up, can anyone tell me about how long it takes to get to the Mouse's House from Knoxville?? It's our first time coming from there. :confused3

Thanks!!

KirklandTutu
03-29-2008, 04:12 AM
If you can ride on 285 without being scared to death, you should be able to go on any attraction in WDW!!!! ToT should not scare you one bit!!!! I'd rather sit still on I-75!!!!


Not Disney related at all....but this made me laugh because it brought back a memory.

I was 16 and had had my liscense for about a week and I got on 285...and was so freaked out by it that I actually ended up doing two and a half laps because I was to terrified to make the attempt to get off.

CharacterFan
03-29-2008, 04:51 AM
I'm born and raised in GA, and hate everything about it. I've come to terms with the traffic. While it may get bad if your traveling in the middle of the day. I'd stick with 75/85 it's only 1 lane in each direction for 5 miles. 285 is too crazy for those who aren't used to it. It'll be busy after Braves games, expecially next weekend when the Mets are intown for opening weekend.

DisneyBarlans
03-29-2008, 08:27 AM
We live in Metro Atlanta too (Lawrenceville). We have to deal with Gwinnett traffic on 316 & 85 as well as downtown traffic.:scared1: We have decided that even if it takes a little bit longer, we're going the back way (Hwy. 11) so we don't even have to drive on 75 until we get to Macon.

EpcotQueen
03-29-2008, 08:43 AM
Gee, wouldn't it be great if MARTA would put a 'car train' on that would wisk you through the downtown??!!!

MegansMom
03-29-2008, 09:00 AM
We will be driving down through Atlanta in June, and now, NOT looking forward to it! On our last trip, we drove down on Thanksgiving day--it was GREAT!! No traffic anywhere--it was like having 75 to ourselves! (Even through Atlanta) I am subbing to this thread so that I can keep all your tidbits for when we venture through!

BTW--what makes 285 so scary? Just wondering!

danny1649
03-29-2008, 09:09 AM
75 Always seems to have big delays so a few years ago we started using the airlines to avoid it. We now get on a plane in Indy and two hours later we are in Orlando.With the price of gas going to $4.00 a gallon this might be the way to go for more and more folks.:goodvibes :goodvibes Danny

GaSleepingBeautyFan
03-29-2008, 09:46 AM
I285 is like the Indy 500 when it's not rush hour.

It's one of the few roads that I can drive 80 mph and be considered going slow. :)

disnut8
03-29-2008, 10:04 AM
The construction downtown is on what is called The Connector. That's where I75 and I85 come together and go straight through downtown. The road has needed to be repaved for years. It will be best to avoid going straight through for the entire summer. At any time of the day or night because since the traffic usually is thinner at night, GA DOT will work during that time.

Use I285 around the city. That's the only route for trucks so you will have that kind of traffic. Stay with the traffic and don't pay attention to the speed limit signs. There are HOV lanes and they are on the left. They are NOT separate from the rest of the traffic, just a specially marked far left lane. The rules are kind of funky for entering and exiting. You should only enter or exit when there is a dotted line and not a solid one. Stupid, I know but at least it's a lane.

Don't be nervous about driving through here. Use your head. Know where you are going. An easy key to know when you have to get off I285 is when you start seeing the planes near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Warning One - sometimes the police will do what is called a rolling speed block. They will send out five cruisers that will ride side by side and do 55 MPH (the posted speed limit which is a joke) around I285. You can't do anything about it. You will only lose a few minutes.

Warning Two - GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU GET NEAR ATLANTA!!!!! There are NO rest areas until you get way down right outside of Macon.

Warning Three - if you think you will get traffic reports on the radio that you can understand, think again. North of Atlanta on I285 is the "topside perimeter". The reports will be fast so you will have to listen very careful. I've been here eight years and can almost figure out what they are talking about. If you have internet capability, log onto ajc.com and click "traffic". Then click on the Metro Area map and you'll be able to get current traffic situations.

The phone number for the GA DOT is 888-635-8287. I have it programmed into my cell phone.

Disney grandma
03-29-2008, 11:51 AM
Construction ends in Atlanta when pigs fly. :) And I totally agree about the Friday thing. Its a horrible day to drive thru. A couple years ago, we hit the northside of the city around 3:30(Friday). We hit the southside about 3 and half hours later. No kidding. We were a bit south of downtown and looking at the map I told Dh to take the next exit. We did, and drove thru several small towns(very cute and historic, BTW), cutting back to 75 about 30 minutes later.
We live in Indiana and usually leave on a Friday, so decided to try going thru Alabama. It worked. We missed Atlanta altogether and our time wasn't much different than if we had taken 75.
If you hit Atlanta at the right time, you get right thru on 75 with no problem. The thing is, anymore its hard to know when the "right time" is. :rolleyes:

What route did you take to go through Alabama? We live in central Illinois. I checked the map and was wondering if you go around St. Louis towards Mempis and then south. Thanks.

dlaushey
03-29-2008, 12:44 PM
We are leaving Knoxville around 6:00 am next Friday, which should put us in Atlanta around 9:30. Can anyone tell me if this might be in that magical hour that things might be calm?? Also, given the Atlanta potential hang up, can anyone tell me about how long it takes to get to the Mouse's House from Knoxville?? It's our first time coming from there. :confused3

Thanks!!

If you are getting to Atlanta around 9:30a I would definitely use 285 East instead of going through downtown. The rush hour down 75 has been running later and later especially on Friday mornings. In fact you might hit traffic about 5-10 miles out from 285 near 575. Take 285 East to 675 which will run you to 75 South. Btw, to exit onto 285 East you will need to be in the far right lane which will take you up and over to head East.

We have made the trip from North Atlanta to Disney many times (too many to count). If we leave at 5:00am on a Saturday we are usually walking into a park by 12:15pm. Keep in mind though, we only make 2 stops (1 if the kids can hold it), we eat breakfast and lunch in the car, bathroom break when getting gas or rest area, we check-in after we have gone to the park for the day (we have AP's).

dlaushey
03-29-2008, 12:47 PM
Use I285 around the city. That's the only route for trucks so you will have that kind of traffic. Stay with the traffic and don't pay attention to the speed limit signs. There are HOV lanes and they are on the left. They are NOT separate from the rest of the traffic, just a specially marked far left lane. The rules are kind of funky for entering and exiting. You should only enter or exit when there is a dotted line and not a solid one. Stupid, I know but at least it's a lane.



I don't know of any HOV lanes on 285. HOV lanes are only on 75 and 85 going through the city and some North of 285 on 85.

And do be a little nervous on 285. It is a Race Track! If you go less than 65 you must stay right. The left 2 lanes are usually doing 85+.

ilovebassets
03-29-2008, 01:02 PM
I've lived in Atlanta since 1990 (basically grew up here), and I-285 isn't THAAAAAT bad. You just can't expect to drive the speed limit, that's all. But if you keep up with traffic and cruise at 75 mph, you'll have no problems! :thumbsup2

When I went to college out of state, it amazed me that people actually drove the speed limit in other cities. I thought everyone routinely just cruised at 75 in major metropolitan areas.

Disney grandma
03-29-2008, 01:03 PM
What route did you take to go through Alabama? We live in central Illinois. I checked the map and was wondering if you go around St. Louis towards Mempis and then south. Thanks.

Mickeymousemom - in rechecking the map I see where you probably go down 65 out of Nashville. If so, what route do you take after going around Montgomery?

RayaniFoxmur
03-29-2008, 01:10 PM
I think the only time we've ever gotten through Atlanta easily was when we went through at 2 AM from driving overnight! LOL!

The first time we went down we hit Atlanta around 11 AM and got stuck on 285! :( We were there for about an hour... and then got stuck for another hour right outside of Macon. My husband doesn't like driving through Georgia during the day now. He was so exhausted when we got to Gainesville for the night.

kaysmommie
03-29-2008, 01:47 PM
We are leaving Knoxville around 6:00 am next Friday, which should put us in Atlanta around 9:30. Can anyone tell me if this might be in that magical hour that things might be calm?? Also, given the Atlanta potential hang up, can anyone tell me about how long it takes to get to the Mouse's House from Knoxville?? It's our first time coming from there. :confused3

Thanks!!


It averages 10 hours for us. We stop for few bathroom breaks and a drive thru for food at lunch time. we usually bring a cooller too for drinks and snacks. We have driven to Disney 3 times now. The quickest we have ever made it was 9 hours on the way home once. we have only run into traffic in Atlanta & Macon too on a friday evening around 7 and 8 PM. we have only taken 75 and cruised through Atlanta every other time but that one. Have a safe trip.

Charleston Princess
03-29-2008, 02:06 PM
Seriously, I would stick with 75. Get all the way over into the HOV lane and it's a straight shot through the city. Construction, in my guess, will be confined to the weekends, during the week you will just have to deal with rush hour (for about five hours worth on either side).

285 is known as the Atlanta Autobahn at our house -- if you aren't familiar with being a speed racer or get freaked out merging quickly and often in spaces more suitable in size for Power Wheels instead of normal cars -- don't get on it.

Having said that, I would rather tackle 285 any day of the week over Tower of Terror. But I have been driving it for 14 years.

mking624
03-29-2008, 02:24 PM
Of course it would begin April 5th...as that's the day we'll be driving through there to get to Florida. LOL Ah well, we're from Chicago originally...construction & traffic is a way of life.

Conan the Librarian
03-29-2008, 02:56 PM
It's easier to just anounce when they are NOT doing construction on I-75/85 than to say when they are not.

Construction is just part of the Atlanta experience.

You could always go down I-26 and hit I-95. Little bit out of the way, but, you end up close to the Ocean!

JonS99
03-29-2008, 04:15 PM
I have driven 285 a lot over the years, never noticed it going faster than traffic in any other major city...

FFerret
03-29-2008, 04:17 PM
SO GRATEFUL to everyone posting!
We'll doing Disney end of this week and next, and then will be at Mr. FFerret's baby cousin's wedding. In Atlanta :)

OB1
03-29-2008, 04:52 PM
lived in Atlanta for all my life (over 50 years) Traffic is always bad, construction is always going on someplace. You also run into construction when you get near Valdosta (20 miles from the FL line). 285 is a tough road to drive. It feels like a 70 mph traffic jam in very tight lanes. Just hang on and take your time - just like going through the parks. You'll get there when you can. It may take an extra 30 minutes, but be careful. Just make sure you don't try to make up time when going through Macon - they will get you!!

waynesgirl
03-29-2008, 06:41 PM
We will be driving down through Atlanta in June, and now, NOT looking forward to it! On our last trip, we drove down on Thanksgiving day--it was GREAT!! No traffic anywhere--it was like having 75 to ourselves! (Even through Atlanta) I am subbing to this thread so that I can keep all your tidbits for when we venture through!

BTW--what makes 285 so scary? Just wondering!

Even though it is 55 mph, MANY people have been caught doing 87, 92, even in the low 100's around it. It's just crazy! But, if you grew up here, not a biggie! And I have lived other places-especially Boston-and it's a lot worse in other places, but the simple stupidity of the drivers here is amazing!

disnut8
03-30-2008, 09:49 AM
lived in Atlanta for all my life (over 50 years) Traffic is always bad, construction is always going on someplace. You also run into construction when you get near Valdosta (20 miles from the FL line). 285 is a tough road to drive. It feels like a 70 mph traffic jam in very tight lanes. Just hang on and take your time - just like going through the parks. You'll get there when you can. It may take an extra 30 minutes, but be careful. Just make sure you don't try to make up time when going through Macon - they will get you!!

Very well said. And just to mention to people that are going to be taking I285 and don't feel comfortable going 75 MPH, you don't have to. You can do the speed limit. But if you do decide to slow it down, move over to the far right lane, please. And we do recognize the out of state license plates so we give you a break. We even have our counties on our licenses plates so if you aren't from a county around here, we give you a break too. But please stay to the right.

And OB1 is absolutely correct with not speeding in south Georgia. If you go a certain amount over the speed limit (10 MPH) you HAVE to appear in court. You can't just send in your check for the fine. So unless you want to come back to our fair state, keep to the limit.

poeticdiabetic
03-30-2008, 10:02 AM
Construction on 75 will continue until November.

Timon-n-Pumbaa Fan
03-30-2008, 10:10 AM
Just make sure you don't try to make up time when going through Macon - they will get you!!

Well, not only there, but Forsyth too, because that is where they train the GA State Troopers, Sheriff's Deputies, Police, Fire, and HazMat teams. They train RADAR use there and have to try it out on someone and it's usually the folks going down 75 thru Forsyth.

RachelTori
03-30-2008, 10:39 AM
Very well said. And just to mention to people that are going to be taking I285 and don't feel comfortable going 75 MPH, you don't have to. You can do the speed limit. But if you do decide to slow it down, move over to the far right lane, please. And we do recognize the out of state license plates so we give you a break. We even have our counties on our licenses plates so if you aren't from a county around here, we give you a break too. But please stay to the right.

And OB1 is absolutely correct with not speeding in south Georgia. If you go a certain amount over the speed limit (10 MPH) you HAVE to appear in court. You can't just send in your check for the fine. So unless you want to come back to our fair state, keep to the limit.


I respectfully disagree! I've never seen anyone give a slower driver a break on 285!!! :laughing:

OB1
03-30-2008, 02:32 PM
just be happy you are coming through here in the warm weather. You should see us drive on the ice!!! Same speed as usual, just slam the brakes on when you need to slow down.

photobob
03-30-2008, 03:55 PM
Any idea on how long this will be going on? We are headed down this fall and we usually go that way.

It's been going on for decades. I live about 90 miles from Atlanta and we drive through every year going to WDW plus a few times visiting family. There was a joke 25 years ago about Atlanta that still stands true today, "If they ever finish it, it'll be a nice place."

CheshireVal
03-30-2008, 05:10 PM
The sad thing is that you don't even need construction to have bad traffic in Atlanta. It's pretty much always bad trying to get through on I-75.

The worst section is south of Atlanta, near McDonough/Locust Grove. There is a traffic jam there pretty much 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I haven't figured out a good way around THAT.

When we were driving home from Disney back in November (the Sunday after Thanksgiving), traffic was so bad in that area that we just got off the interstate and tried to find our way home via back roads. It took us almost 10 hours that day from Disney to home, when usually it takes 8. :sad2:

G's mommy
03-30-2008, 06:27 PM
I drive in Atlanta traffic every day and it is awful. I've given up on I-75, we fly to Orlando.

waynesgirl
03-30-2008, 07:23 PM
I drive in Atlanta traffic every day and it is awful. I've given up on I-75, we fly to Orlando.

I'm in Newnan, too! We fly as well!! Thank goodness I work in Newnan as well!!!

Funwith4kids
03-30-2008, 08:12 PM
To OP...check aforementioned construction websites...we just got back yesterday and encountered several construction zones that caused the interstates to become parking lots (you hear of 0 to 60 in car tests --- we were in 80 to 0 tests at bumper to bumper distances because of all the traffic) in South Georgia on 75 and in Kentucky on 24.

On 75 and on the way down (Saturday AM after Good Friday), I used navigation system in van to find a way around on two lane road somewhere south of cordele and north of valdosta (sorry, don't remember exactly where). Also, did the same on way back yesterday near the GA-FL Parkway.

On 24 last night, I was ready to pull a U-turn across the median to go back to last exit for side trip since the interstate was locked up going 0 - 5 mph for over an hour, but ground was so muddy from rain and when I finally found a spot a trooper pulled someone in opposite direction so my plan was foiled.

Anybody know if these were normal construction delays or because of the increased holiday traffic?

BTW - we went through ATL on the Thursday before Good Friday around 4 pm and it was bad, very bad. However, bypass was no better since another car we were travelling with (didn't know them) ended up back with us at the south end. How often does that occur?

Princess_Belle
03-30-2008, 08:16 PM
Mickeymousemom - in rechecking the map I see where you probably go down 65 out of Nashville. If so, what route do you take after going around Montgomery?

I live in Alabama. The best way to get to I75 from I65 is to get off in Birmingham. Then get on US highway 280. It changes into 520 in GA and it runs directly into I75 in Tifton. This is going to be a lot quicker than going all they way down to Montgomery and then having to backtrack up to 75.

BTW 280 is a really quiet road (hardly anybody compared to 75). You will have to go 65 or 70 but it will still be quicker than going through Montgomery.

YellowXterra
03-30-2008, 09:47 PM
Now just try all that with a camper:rotfl2: I do it every trip!

kakiegirl
03-30-2008, 10:14 PM
I am not from the Atlanta area but we travel there alot. (We love Stone Mountain). Mabye we are just speed demons but I have never found 285 to be scary and most of the time we are pulling a camper. We always take the 285 to 675 route and don't normally have any major problems. I hate sitting in traffice so we have invested in an affordable GPS and if traffic starts slowing down I hit detour. I would rather take the back roads than sit in traffic I just don't have enough patience.

Disney grandma
03-30-2008, 11:15 PM
I live in Alabama. The best way to get to I75 from I65 is to get off in Birmingham. Then get on US highway 280. It changes into 520 in GA and it runs directly into I75 in Tifton. This is going to be a lot quicker than going all they way down to Montgomery and then having to backtrack up to 75.

BTW 280 is a really quiet road (hardly anybody compared to 75). You will have to go 65 or 70 but it will still be quicker than going through Montgomery.

Thanks for the information. If there isn't a lot of traffic it would easier than the interestate with construction, etc. I was also wondering about 231 out of Montgomery down to I 70 in Florida and then across the panhandle to I 75 South. Everything looks so much easier on the map than it actually is.

All7OfUs
03-30-2008, 11:27 PM
Thanks dlaushey and kaysmommie!

So excited to get on the road- even with what sounds like horrendous traffic and potential delays :rotfl:

TyRy
03-31-2008, 10:28 AM
Thanks for the information. If there isn't a lot of traffic it would easier than the interestate with construction, etc. I was also wondering about 231 out of Montgomery down to I 70 in Florida and then across the panhandle to I 75 South. Everything looks so much easier on the map than it actually is.

We actually did that route from Chicago...I think we took 57 until somewhere in TN and hooked onto I-65 all the way through Alabama to 231 to 10. There may have been one little road in there and I'll see if I can find the exact directions. We took the same route home and made excellent time. On the way down we were sidetracked by a rash of tornadoes going through (no one was hurt according to the news we were listening too!) but it was a nice drive. I asked DH if we would go the 75 through Georgia this time and his was a definite no. We'll be going through Alabama again.

Ty

Disney grandma
03-31-2008, 11:51 AM
TyRy Thanks for the information. I am already jumping for joy that we won't have to drive through or around Atlanta.

CanadianGuy
03-31-2008, 12:04 PM
This is really more of a Transportation Board topic than Theme Parks.. so I'll be moving it over to the Transportation Board.

Thanks!

Knox

TyRy
04-02-2008, 12:19 PM
TyRy Thanks for the information. I am already jumping for joy that we won't have to drive through or around Atlanta.


You are very welcome!

JonS99
04-02-2008, 12:29 PM
Taking 65/231/10 from Chicago is going to add about 90 miles to your trip plus additional time because of the time spent on non-Interstate roads.. The time we did it, it added 2 hours to the trip.

clkelley
04-02-2008, 03:48 PM
Construction ends in Atlanta when pigs fly. :) And I totally agree about the Friday thing. Its a horrible day to drive thru. A couple years ago, we hit the northside of the city around 3:30(Friday). We hit the southside about 3 and half hours later. No kidding. We were a bit south of downtown and looking at the map I told Dh to take the next exit. We did, and drove thru several small towns(very cute and historic, BTW), cutting back to 75 about 30 minutes later.
We live in Indiana and usually leave on a Friday, so decided to try going thru Alabama. It worked. We missed Atlanta altogether and our time wasn't much different than if we had taken 75.
If you hit Atlanta at the right time, you get right thru on 75 with no problem. The thing is, anymore its hard to know when the "right time" is. :rolleyes:

I always go through Atlanta at about 10:30 at night (going down there) and have no problems!!! Coming home, I go through about 2 in the afternoon, but it's usually a Sunday, so it's usually not a big deal either.

JonS99
04-13-2008, 04:42 PM
How have the delays been?

CharacterFan
04-13-2008, 05:52 PM
How have the delays been?

It was slow for about a mile around 5pm yesterday. Only northbound. They're working on an area with lots of exits and is also called the "Grady Curve" which is always slow anyway.

I wouldn't try to go around it.

sammielynn
04-13-2008, 06:06 PM
A strech of I-40 though Knoxville will be closed starting May 1.

TyRy
04-14-2008, 12:03 PM
I looked at the map this weekend and it doesn't seem like you are on 285 very long...does it ever get backed up? The speed thing doesn't scare us as we regulary drive on 294 and 290 in Chicago where going 80 puts you in one of the "slow" lanes.

Ty

TyRy
04-14-2008, 12:54 PM
TyRy Thanks for the information. I am already jumping for joy that we won't have to drive through or around Atlanta.

Disney grandma - found these notes while I was looking for something else...they may help. I got all of this from another Diser - just can't remember who at the moment...the thread is probably buried on here somewhere:

GOING AL, BUT CUTTING BACK TO GA
We are from Arkansas, but we also try to avoid Atlanta. Our route is 280 from Birmingham to Columbus, Georgia, then 22/96 from Columbus to I-75. This conects you to I-75 about 25 miles south of Macon, Georgia. 280 and 22/96 are both divided highways with higher rates of speed, and less stopping than going through Dothan.
Honestly, this is probably a better route. We were planning a variation on this (we would be hitting 280 in Alexander City) when we were going to drive for this trip. I can't speak for 22/96 (never been on those), but 280 is definitely much more wide open and driver friendly than 231, and the only point of staying off I-75 is to get around Atlanta, so it makes sense to get back on it ASAP.

All the way to I-10
Just stay on I 65 until you get to Montgomery - then take I85 get off on exit 9 - right turn - when the road ends turn left on US 231. You can stay on US 231 until it gets to I 10 in Florida. Stay on I 10 until it get to I75.

if AAA is telling you to take on I85 exit 6 - don't - go a little further take exit 9 (the next exit) - you will be happily surprised at the time saved.... (plus you won't get lost). (turn right - this roads ends at US 231 - turn left)

231 is very clearly marked. If you take the Exit 9 route off of I-85, that road will end at 231, hang a left, then you have to make a right turn in Dothan, but that is clearly marked as well.

As for traffic, the only traffic on I-65 around Montgomery is during morning rush hour. Afternoon might be a little heavy, but there should be no stopping unless there is an accident.

AL ADVICE
If you go Ala - be carefully of the Al state troopers - there are more along US 231 than the Interstates. (college students going to the beach) but unlike Ga they will let you go a few miles over the speed limit - they are looking for dangerous behavior. excess speeding (over 80 mph - remember college kids), going back and forth between the lanes, drunk driving - or being distracted while you are driving (college kids).

People on I 10 can be fast - so you might see more Florida state troopers - they don't seem to mind 75 mph and even 80 mph - it is cars going over a 100 mph that they seem to stop. Now we stay on I-65 to Montgomery, then get on Hwy 231 to Tallahassee, then get on I-10 until we hit I-75 to go down to Orlando. The drive is shorter and 30 to 45 minutes quicker.

daisy112878
04-14-2008, 02:57 PM
I looked at the map this weekend and it doesn't seem like you are on 285 very long...does it ever get backed up? The speed thing doesn't scare us as we regulary drive on 294 and 290 in Chicago where going 80 puts you in one of the "slow" lanes.

Ty


Yes, 285 gets just as backed up sometimes worse then the connector through the city. It all depends on the day of the week and time also if there's accidents etc. When you get near the city listen to 750AM. They do the most traffic reports of anyone but like someone else said they do go fast so listen for "perimeter" which is 285 or "connector" which is 75/85 through the city.



Also the repaving through the city is slated to go on from now until November. Every weekend from Friday at 9pm until Monday at 5am unless it's raining. This past weekend was the start of it b/c they cancelled it the previous two weekends due to rain. I drive 285 almost everyday and it's not that bad. You do not have to go 85-90 mph. I don't and have never had an accident on that road or been run over. Just stay in the 3 right lanes if you've never driven on it. I do agree with someone else that if you need to do a potty break take it before you get to the city. It's just easier.

uva185
04-14-2008, 03:26 PM
I do like to drive fast but I have never noticed anything special about 285 in ATL. I guess its wider than some people are used to. If you drive slow just stay in the far right lane. Frankly that goes for ANY highway, if you are going the speed limit you belong in the right lane. Nothing bugs me more than drivers who create jams and holdups by doing 65 in the left lane. :headache:

MegansMom
04-28-2008, 01:58 PM
I know that they are doing the majority of the construction work on the weekends--we are driving down on a Saturday, and will probably hit ATL around 11am-12pm--so would it be quicker for us to stay on 75 or take 285--or some other option. We are coming from Cincy, so it is pretty much a straight shot down 75--but we just want the quickest/best way to get through Atlanta. (We are coming down in June) TIA for any help--Jen

RachelTori
04-28-2008, 02:26 PM
I know that they are doing the majority of the construction work on the weekends--we are driving down on a Saturday, and will probably hit ATL around 11am-12pm--so would it be quicker for us to stay on 75 or take 285--or some other option. We are coming from Cincy, so it is pretty much a straight shot down 75--but we just want the quickest/best way to get through Atlanta. (We are coming down in June) TIA for any help--Jen

So far, the DOT has only been working on the Northbound lanes - blocking 3 lanes. If thats still the case in June, you'll be fine staying on I-75. What I would suggest is as you get within 20 or so miles of Atlanta (say around exit 271), dial 5-1-1 for the current traffic information and possible alternate routes. Also, as you get closer to the city, the electronic signs should provide information as to where the construction is and estimated travel times.

daisy112878
05-09-2008, 01:57 PM
The DOT has cancelled the I-85/I-75 connector repaving this weekend (5/9-5/11). Just thought I would update this thread.

Also as of last week they have started repaving the south bound lanes.

WeLubDeeDub
05-09-2008, 07:26 PM
Check this website out: http://www.georgia-navigator.com/

Shows you real-time traffic & construction info for Atlanta (along with webcam shots, real-time alerts and historical traffic data). What I've been doing is checking travel times during the window that we plan on going through, to make sure rush hour is over. I also plan on looking it up just before getting there in case of accidents. (We will be going through on a late Tuesday morning.)

I've also read on http://www.city-data.com/forum/atlanta/ that 285 can sometimes get bogged down worse than 75.

I've been doing LOTS of research on ATL traffic, cause of our ATL arrival time. But a nice breakfast stop will cure that.

canadaman
05-10-2008, 05:19 PM
I plan on taking the i 75 route through atlanta in july. I will be staying the night in Dalton georgia on saturday the 19 of july. I will be on the road the sunday morning before 7am. That should put me in atlanta around 8:30. I assume traffic won' be an issue at that time on a sunday morning.
Since they are working on southbound lanes now, they should be pretty much done by mid july. Or so you would think.
Can anyone help me with what to expect at this time on a sunday morning.

P.S. i plan on using the HOV lane.

canadaman
05-11-2008, 06:48 PM
Can anyone help me on the above^

RachelTori
05-11-2008, 07:38 PM
I plan on taking the i 75 route through atlanta in july. I will be staying the night in Dalton georgia on saturday the 19 of july. I will be on the road the sunday morning before 7am. That should put me in atlanta around 8:30. I assume traffic won' be an issue at that time on a sunday morning.
Since they are working on southbound lanes now, they should be pretty much done by mid july. Or so you would think.
Can anyone help me with what to expect at this time on a sunday morning.

P.S. i plan on using the HOV lane.

Can anyone help me on the above^

I'll try! So far, the DOT has canceled 3 weekends due to inclement weather (or the threat of inclement weather). The repaving project was originally slated from April until November. Of the past 6 weeks scheduled, repaving has only taken place over 3 weekends. Two of those were northbound lanes, last weekend was southbound. They close 3 lanes, so traffic tends to get really backed up on whichever side they'll be working.

Normally, 8:30am on a Sunday morning you can just zip right down I-75. With this construction............... :confused3

My best advice is to check on one of the Georgia D.O.T. websites (WeLubDeeDub referenced 2 websites in an earlier post), several days before you start your trip - I would think they should reveal which lanes are scheduled for closure that weekend. Then, as you approach the Atlanta area on I-75 (maybe around Cartersville), call 5-1-1 for the latest traffic -- they will offer alternate routes around any major tie-ups.

canadaman
05-12-2008, 06:29 PM
subscribing

canadaman
06-06-2008, 03:39 PM
Any construction updates?? Are any southbound lanes completed yet?? Is the southbound HOV lane affected in any way??

Thanks.

CharacterFan
06-06-2008, 04:02 PM
Any construction updates?? Are any southbound lanes completed yet?? Is the southbound HOV lane affected in any way??

Thanks.

This weekend they're doing southbound exit ramps. They seem to be doing southbound one weekend, northbound the next. The alt street route is going to be a problem this weekend with a sink hole that developed last night.

Overall, it's caused some backups, but nothing worse then a Braves game. (maybe 30-45 minute backup)

CarolA
06-06-2008, 04:15 PM
I know that they are doing the majority of the construction work on the weekends--we are driving down on a Saturday, and will probably hit ATL around 11am-12pm--so would it be quicker for us to stay on 75 or take 285--or some other option. We are coming from Cincy, so it is pretty much a straight shot down 75--but we just want the quickest/best way to get through Atlanta. (We are coming down in June) TIA for any help--Jen


Last weekend the delay THROUGH downtown was over an hour! That's the average delay. So Sat at 11 am it's probably that high or higher.

On page one I posted the GA Navigator link. Look there before you leave and if there is ANY construction take I-285. They have BIG signs to warn you, read them and BELIEVE them. (Actually figure they are being nice and the delay is WORSE then they say!)

Everything is effected on the weekends. If it's the other way, it's the people watching etc...

Trust me it's not "like a braves" game. It's a LOT worse. My co worker was caught in it for two hours Sunday morning on his way to church. (He missed the service LOL!)

Do not assume since you are driving on Sat or Sun "traffic won't be an issue" We have NORMAL traffic reports on the news here on Sat and Sunday even without this mess!

WeLubDeeDub
06-13-2008, 09:27 AM
If you're driving down this weekend through ATL, this is from georgia-navigator.com (http://www.georgia-navigator.com/alerts#GDOT-ALERT-401843):

AVOID I-75/85 SOUTHBOUND THIS WEEKEND
9 pm Fri. June 13 - 5 am Mon. June 16: Major lane and ramp closures are scheduled this weekend on the Downtown Connector southbound:
- 3 right lanes closed between Williams St. and University Ave.
- 1 lane closed on I-20 entrance and exit ramps
Ramps closed:
- Jesse Hill Dr.
- Ellis St.
- Freedom Pkwy.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
- Fulton St.
- Pulliam St.
- Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.

Motorists traveling to events downtown are strongly advised to take transit or use alternate routes. Travelers passing through are urged to use I-285 and go around the city. For more information on this project, click here. For real-time travel information 24 hours a day, call 511.

canadaman
06-19-2008, 03:32 PM
I notice that this coming weekend there are no southbound lane closures. Does this mean that at least some of the southbound lanes are complete?? Is the southbound HOV lane complete??
I am hoping there isn't any work southbound the saturday of July 19 when i will be going through.

poeticdiabetic
06-19-2008, 04:12 PM
I notice that this coming weekend there are no southbound lane closures. Does this mean that at least some of the southbound lanes are complete?? Is the southbound HOV lane complete??
I am hoping there isn't any work southbound the saturday of July 19 when i will be going through.

Sometimes they alternate between the lanes. Also, depending when you're going, you may want to learn how to navigate the side streets until you get pass the bottlenecks. Also, in some cases, you'll be better off just riding through the bottlenecks, instead of taking those long detours.

CarolA
06-19-2008, 04:26 PM
I notice that this coming weekend there are no southbound lane closures. Does this mean that at least some of the southbound lanes are complete?? Is the southbound HOV lane complete??
I am hoping there isn't any work southbound the saturday of July 19 when i will be going through.


Nothing is complete yet!

canadaman
06-19-2008, 04:29 PM
Nothing is complete yet!

Are there any lanes at all that are complete??

CarolA
06-19-2008, 06:12 PM
I don't think so. They are doing things in sections. So it's one section at a time, one or both directions at a time. It's going to take all summer!

canadaman
06-19-2008, 07:10 PM
I don't think so. They are doing things in sections. So it's one section at a time, one or both directions at a time. It's going to take all summer!

So what can i expect driving through?? Will i be driving on paved roads??

CarolA
06-19-2008, 07:24 PM
The roads are paved. You can expect significant delays if you choose to attempt to drive through downtown as we funnel several lanes of traffic to one or two

mommyofthreeboys
06-19-2008, 09:36 PM
If I am taking 75 South, I know ya'll recommend to take 285 around-- BUT which way is faster? East or West?

THANKS!!

RachelTori
06-19-2008, 10:03 PM
If I am taking 75 South, I know ya'll recommend to take 285 around-- BUT which way is faster? East or West?

THANKS!!

West, which is really more south than west! (If you go East, you'll be traveling many miles out of your way.)

canadaman
06-20-2008, 05:24 AM
The roads are paved. You can expect significant delays if you choose to attempt to drive through downtown as we funnel several lanes of traffic to one or two

This weekend they are working on north lanes. Does that mean there is no funneling down of the southbound lanes??

When i drive through it will be sunday July 20 at about 7:30am. I plan on using the HOV lane. There shouldn't be much back -up at that tiime.

CharacterFan
06-20-2008, 05:56 AM
This weekend they are working on north lanes. Does that mean there is no funneling down of the southbound lanes??

Correct, they aren't closing any southbound lanes this weekend.

mgilmer
06-23-2008, 10:30 AM
We drove thru Hotlanta on the way down on the 6th and it was bad! We drove around on the way back on the 17th and it was fine. Avoid the headaches and go the I-285 route and take the west loop, it is usually better as you do not go thru the 285/85 funnel.

daisy112878
06-26-2008, 02:12 PM
This is for this weekend (Friday June 27-Monday June 30). Please be careful and if you can take 285.


From Creative Loafing:

This weekend will be the perfect time for you to finally set up that easel in the middle of a busy interstate and start painting the skyline.

Starting Friday at 9 p.m. and lasting until Monday morning, the DOT will close northbound and southbound lanes on I-75/85 to resurface the road between University Avenue and 10th Street. That means both your traffic and the cars traveling in the other direction will sputter rather than speed.

Six southbound exit ramps and four northbound exit ramps will be closed. The I-20 access ramps may be limited to one lane.

Avoid this area. Heed my words. On I-85 southbound, gridlock caused by this resurfacing backs up all the way to North Druid Hills Road. And itís stop and go at best when itís not hurry-up-and-wait.

If you can, take public transit to get where you need to go, or consider using I-285. The trip may take just as long, but at least youíll be moving, your car wonít be idling, and you wonít get frustrated by the people driving illegally down the shoulder.

And if you do decide to brave the interstate, use caution. Thereís already been one DOT worker killed during the project.

nikkistevej
06-26-2008, 03:13 PM
OK- question for everyone. I am driving from Baltimore, Md. to Atlanta on Saturday- we are going to the Georgia Aquarium, and staying across the street at the Embassy Suites. Then the next day we are driving down to Auburn Al., will we have issues on any of the roads? Any alternate suggestions, I am used to driving in gridlock traffic(Baltimore and DC areas are a mess), but am unfamiliar with the area.

dlaushey
06-26-2008, 03:39 PM
OK- question for everyone. I am driving from Baltimore, Md. to Atlanta on Saturday- we are going to the Georgia Aquarium, and staying across the street at the Embassy Suites. Then the next day we are driving down to Auburn Al., will we have issues on any of the roads? Any alternate suggestions, I am used to driving in gridlock traffic(Baltimore and DC areas are a mess), but am unfamiliar with the area.

Good Luck! Be sure to bring your GPS unit. Downtown will be a mess due to the paving project which will close lanes in both directions as well as many exit/entrance ramps.

Thanks for stopping in Atlanta and visiting! The Aquarium is spectacular!

nikkistevej
06-26-2008, 04:25 PM
We don't have GPS:scared1: :scared1: :scared1: , I guess we need to go to Best Buy!!!

nikkistevej
06-27-2008, 12:55 PM
Sorry never been to Baltimore, do you coming down I-75? Depending on when you come through it might not be too bad.

If it is bad and your coming down I-75, you can get off at Northside Dr. (I think its exit 252) and take a right onto Northside. You'll go through red lights at 17th street, 14th street, 10th street. After 10th street Northside will split - Northside Dr goes to the right and Tech Pkwy goes to the left. Stay left on Tech Pkwy and this becomes Luckie St after you cross over North Ave. Luckie St. will take you along side the Georgia Aquarium. This will at least prevent you from the I-75 I-85 merge and where the construction starts.

If you want to see a map, go to google maps http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl and enter this address
225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
You'll see Luckie St. to the left of the red marker. Just click and drag the map to where you can follow Luckie street towards the North then west.

Hope this helps.

We are coming down I 85, and we went out last night and bought a GPS!! :banana: :banana: I know that will help. Any more advice would be appreciated- we are leaving at 7am- tomoroow morning.:goodvibes

daisy112878
06-27-2008, 01:28 PM
OK- question for everyone. I am driving from Baltimore, Md. to Atlanta on Saturday- we are going to the Georgia Aquarium, and staying across the street at the Embassy Suites. Then the next day we are driving down to Auburn Al., will we have issues on any of the roads? Any alternate suggestions, I am used to driving in gridlock traffic(Baltimore and DC areas are a mess), but am unfamiliar with the area.

Sorry never been to Baltimore, do you coming down I-75? Depending on when you come through it might not be too bad.

If it is bad and your coming down I-75, you can get off at Northside Dr. (I think its exit 252) and take a right onto Northside. You'll go through red lights at 17th street, 14th street, 10th street. After 10th street Northside will split - Northside Dr goes to the right and Tech Pkwy goes to the left. Stay left on Tech Pkwy and this becomes Luckie St after you cross over North Ave. Luckie St. will take you along side the Georgia Aquarium. This will at least prevent you from the I-75 I-85 merge and where the construction starts.

If you want to see a map, go to google maps http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl and enter this address
225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
You'll see Luckie St. to the left of the red marker. Just click and drag the map to where you can follow Luckie street towards the North then west.

Hope this helps.

Gus
06-27-2008, 09:33 PM
I live in Alabama. The best way to get to I75 from I65 is to get off in Birmingham. Then get on US highway 280. It changes into 520 in GA and it runs directly into I75 in Tifton. This is going to be a lot quicker than going all they way down to Montgomery and then having to backtrack up to 75.

BTW 280 is a really quiet road (hardly anybody compared to 75). You will have to go 65 or 70 but it will still be quicker than going through Montgomery.

What's the best way to go through Birmingham and hook up with 280?

Gus
06-29-2008, 09:51 PM
bump

canadaman
06-30-2008, 07:40 AM
I plan on going through downtown atlanta on sunday july 20 at around 7:30am. Yesterday I looked at the Georgia navigator sight at 7:30 am and evn with the lanes closed for construction the was no congestion at that early time of the morning. So hopefully in three weeks when I need to go through it will be the same way.

SlightlyGoofy
07-05-2008, 02:16 PM
I was doing a Google search on the best way through Atlanta and found my way back to my favorite place, the DIS. :lmao: Should have looked her first huh? ;)

Anyway, can someone tell me if all this mess will be cleaned up by the end of August?

If so, what lane, other than the HOV, would be the best for me to stay in to avoid having to change lanes in heavy traffic?

If not, what might be the easiest way around Atlanta without a whole lot of getting on and off ramps, my weak driving skill?

Thank you so much for any help.

Slightly Goofy

CharacterFan
07-05-2008, 02:33 PM
I was doing a Google search on the best way through Atlanta and found my way back to my favorite place, the DIS. :lmao: Should have looked her first huh? ;)

Anyway, can someone tell me if all this mess will be cleaned up by the end of August?

If so, what lane, other than the HOV, would be the best for me to stay in to avoid having to change lanes in heavy traffic?

If not, what might be the easiest way around Atlanta without a whole lot of getting on and off ramps, my weak driving skill?

Thank you so much for any help.

Slightly Goofy

The repaving is going on until atleast Thanksgiving. If you're coming threw on Labor Day Weekend, they won't be doing any of the repaving as it's a holiday weekend.

The only ways around the traffic is to either take the "speedway of the south" 285 or just to get in the hov lane and go threw the traffic.

SlightlyGoofy
07-06-2008, 11:38 AM
CharacterFan, thank you for the reply. Thank you to everyone else for the info too. :thumbsup2

I have often wondered why Atlanta does not have a bypass ala the Macon bypass? It serves no purpose to Atlanta to have all of us driving through as we are not too likely to hop off an exit to shop or something and would greatly decrease the congestion your streets as well as accidents by those of us who have no clue as to what we are doing.

I bet you could even make it a toll road and we would ALL be happy.

Does anyone know a back way around Atlanta, even if it takes a bit more time? Not too many changes as I get lost easily. :scared1:

I am coming from south of Indpls, 65 to 24 and then 75.

Thank you all. Slightly Goofy

CharacterFan
07-06-2008, 12:04 PM
CharacterFan, thank you for the reply. Thank you to everyone else for the info too. :thumbsup2

I have often wondered why Atlanta does not have a bypass ala the Macon bypass? It serves no purpose to Atlanta to have all of us driving through as we are not too likely to hop off an exit to shop or something and would greatly decrease the congestion your streets as well as accidents by those of us who have no clue as to what we are doing.

I bet you could even make it a toll road and we would ALL be happy.

Does anyone know a back way around Atlanta, even if it takes a bit more time? Not too many changes as I get lost easily. :scared1:

I am coming from south of Indpls, 65 to 24 and then 75.

Thank you all. Slightly Goofy

285 is the by-pass, but if you wanted a non-freeway path I can't look at the map at find a great one, other then GA-13 which takes you right into the city.

SlightlyGoofy
07-06-2008, 12:15 PM
CharacterFan, I done been there done that on 285 and as I have found with many bypasses, it worse than gritting your teeth and going straight through.

I love the Macon bypass because you do not even have to see the city. ;)

I did find an alternate route, I think. It is more mileage but better on the car than on me. :rotfl:

Might I ask your opinion on this?

Take 411W just past Adairsville to 27S thru Cedartown, Bremen, Carrolton, Newnan and Peach Tree City where I get back on 75 south of the city.

Thanks, Slightly Goofy

daisy112878
07-06-2008, 01:13 PM
CharacterFan, thank you for the reply. Thank you to everyone else for the info too. :thumbsup2

I have often wondered why Atlanta does not have a bypass ala the Macon bypass? It serves no purpose to Atlanta to have all of us driving through as we are not too likely to hop off an exit to shop or something and would greatly decrease the congestion your streets as well as accidents by those of us who have no clue as to what we are doing.

I bet you could even make it a toll road and we would ALL be happy.

Does anyone know a back way around Atlanta, even if it takes a bit more time? Not too many changes as I get lost easily. :scared1:

I am coming from south of Indpls, 65 to 24 and then 75.

Thank you all. Slightly Goofy


285 is our bypass and its not that bad esp. if you go 285 west from 75 south. It's the less travelled part of 285. The on ramp from 75 to 285 west is long and doesn't merge. It's stays as the right lane for 285. Just stay in the 2 right lanes and you'll be fine.

There is no other good way around atlanta without getting on tons of small streets that can be worse then 285 or the connector.

stky6
07-07-2008, 08:48 AM
This is exactly why when driving from Cincinnati Ohio in August I'm taking a big left turn at Knoxville and coming down the coast :banana: I remember driving through never ending Georgia when I was little on trips to Florida...just don't want to put my kids through that :sad2: unless they misbehave somewhere in Kentucky :lmao:

CarolA
07-07-2008, 10:08 AM
CharacterFan, thank you for the reply. Thank you to everyone else for the info too. :thumbsup2

I have often wondered why Atlanta does not have a bypass ala the Macon bypass? It serves no purpose to Atlanta to have all of us driving through as we are not too likely to hop off an exit to shop or something and would greatly decrease the congestion your streets as well as accidents by those of us who have no clue as to what we are doing.

I bet you could even make it a toll road and we would ALL be happy.

Does anyone know a back way around Atlanta, even if it takes a bit more time? Not too many changes as I get lost easily. :scared1:

I am coming from south of Indpls, 65 to 24 and then 75.

Thank you all. Slightly Goofy



We outgrew the bypass! When it was designed it was "way out there" Now.... it's in the middle of the city.

And of course we have the "NOT IN MY BACK YARD" group. It is VERY hard to build new bypasses now. WHen I lived in Nashville ours was delayed for YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS by lawsuits trying to keep it "out of my backyard"!

There have been plans for toll roads (aka as Lexus roads) but they keep getting derailed too.... THis time it's the "we don't want to raise taxes to pay for roads but we think everyone should get them for free" group!

CarolA
07-07-2008, 10:10 AM
This is exactly why when driving from Cincinnati Ohio in August I'm taking a big left turn at Knoxville and coming down the coast :banana: I remember driving through never ending Georgia when I was little on trips to Florida...just don't want to put my kids through that :sad2: unless they misbehave somewhere in Kentucky :lmao:


Just a warning.

1. Knoxville has managed to tear up thier interstates beyond ALL belief. Be sure to check the Tennessee DOT site for details when you start out.

2. Always check both TN and NC for issues on I-40 over the mountians. I once spent 6 hours stuck due to a rock slide!

SlightlyGoofy
07-07-2008, 02:22 PM
Daisy, thank you so much. That is very useful information. I have only been on the bypass once, back during the World's Fair I think, and I had to get on and off several exits and it about scared me plumb to death. I have no problems going fast just not changing lanes while doing so. :scared1:

CarolA, that makes perfect sense but I am still willing to bet that us travelers would be willing to pay a toll AND drive miles out of our way to avoid your beautiful city. Wonder how far out they would have to build a new road to keep it from being gobbled up with all your growth? :rotfl: Maybe your governor could sell the road to a foreign company as ours did. :confused3

stky6, maybe I could just hitch a ride with you guys? ;)

Slightly Goofy

stky6
07-07-2008, 10:18 PM
Just a warning.

1. Knoxville has managed to tear up thier interstates beyond ALL belief. Be sure to check the Tennessee DOT site for details when you start out.

2. Always check both TN and NC for issues on I-40 over the mountians. I once spent 6 hours stuck due to a rock slide!


Thanks for the info. We'll be arriving in Gatlinburg about 5am, grab a nap and some pancakes then taking 321 out to I-40 and down from there to I-26 then I-95 into St. Augustine for the night. Can't decide to take the A1A or I-95 out of St. Augustine to Daytona, have to see how the morning goes :goodvibes

Disney grandma
07-07-2008, 11:32 PM
What's the best way to go through Birmingham and hook up with 280?

Princess Belle - what about going to Montgomery and then Dothan and across the panhandle of Florida and then pick up 75 S.

canadaman
07-15-2008, 04:46 PM
Well this coming weekend is the big weekend i drive to disney. Does anyone now yet if they will be working on north or south lanes through atlantas downtown connector yet??

Thanks

dlaushey
07-15-2008, 04:57 PM
Well this coming weekend is the big weekend i drive to disney. Does anyone now yet if they will be working on north or south lanes through atlantas downtown connector yet??

Thanks

I don't think the press release has been published for the up coming weekend. Check this site for updates:

http://www.dot.state.ga.us/informationcenter/activeprojects/Interstates/downtownconnector/Pages/default.aspx

Good Luck!

dlaushey
07-17-2008, 02:19 PM
I would avoid the Atlanta D/T connector this weekend 7/18-7/21:


http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/07/17/connector_weekend_paving.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab _newstab

canadaman
07-17-2008, 04:27 PM
I would avoid the Atlanta D/T connector this weekend 7/18-7/21:


http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/07/17/connector_weekend_paving.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab _newstab

I was really set on taking the i 75 HOV lane right through atlanta on sunday. But your acticle has me changing my mind. I was planing on going through on the i 75 around 7:30-8:00am sunday morning. Will the connector still be packed tight at that time??
If i take the i285w by-pass what can i expect around the same time? I have heard some bad things about the highway. That early in the morning it is probably pretty empty though right??

Thanks

This is starting to make me nervous:scared:

dlaushey
07-17-2008, 04:31 PM
At that time in the morning on Sunday you should be fine. I will say I haven't driven down at that time in a while on a Sunday so I can't be sure. Earlier the better but I would guess it shouldn't be much of a problem.

Good Luck and have a safe trip.

wdwmaw
07-20-2009, 12:13 AM
Planning the drive for Oct. We usually drive through Atlanta in the middle of the night, hate going around. Thinking we would hit Atlanta during the day, what would a good time be on a Fri. or should we just to plan on going around no matter what?

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
07-20-2009, 12:18 AM
My family and I will be driving through Atlanta on Sunday August 2, so does anyone have an idea how it will be? We will be coming from Cleveland, Tennessee since we will be staying there the day before and hopefully we will reach Atlanta around 10:00 AM that day.

CharacterFan
07-20-2009, 12:21 AM
Planning the drive for Oct. We usually drive through Atlanta in the middle of the night, hate going around. Thinking we would hit Atlanta during the day, what would a good time be on a Fri. or should we just to plan on going around no matter what?

honestly, on a Friday afternoon they are both going to be stopped. If there is a Braves game or other sporting event going on (not sure what part of October you're going) go around the city. If not might as well go threw, it might be shorter.

Traffic starts to back up around 3pm, but the mornings are lighter then the rest of the week.

CharacterFan
07-20-2009, 12:25 AM
My family and I will be driving through Atlanta on Sunday August 2, so does anyone have an idea how it will be? We will be coming from Cleveland, Tennessee since we will be staying there the day before and hopefully we will reach Atlanta around 10:00 AM that day.

You should be fine. The game that day isn't until 8pm. The repaving is done, and traffic should be moving. They're still doing something at the start of the connector, but I haven't noticed any back ups on the weekends.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
07-20-2009, 01:11 AM
You should be fine. The game that day isn't until 8pm. The repaving is done, and traffic should be moving. They're still doing something at the start of the connector, but I haven't noticed any back ups on the weekends.Thank you for the information.

clkelley
07-20-2009, 07:50 AM
I go "through" Atlanta regardless. For one thing you lose the semis going through downtown.

wdwmaw
07-20-2009, 07:55 AM
honestly, on a Friday afternoon they are both going to be stopped. If there is a Braves game or other sporting event going on (not sure what part of October you're going) go around the city. If not might as well go threw, it might be shorter.

Traffic starts to back up around 3pm, but the mornings are lighter then the rest of the week.

Friday Oct 2 is when we will be heading through that way. We are 6 hours from there and I was wanting to leave around 4am so we would hit Atlanta around 10am. Was hoping to hit between morning rush and lunch. What do you think?

dlaushey
07-20-2009, 09:08 AM
Friday Oct 2 is when we will be heading through that way. We are 6 hours from there and I was wanting to leave around 4am so we would hit Atlanta around 10am. Was hoping to hit between morning rush and lunch. What do you think?

Friday at 10:00 should be fine - however, you really never know. Some delays can last until 10 but usually they are clear by then even on a Friday. It is almost always better to go through instead of around. For one thing you will have the HOV lanes to utilize - the perimeter does not. Also a PP stated you lose the semi's going through vs. around. And it is shorter to go through. Just watch the signs, the HOV lanes have exits that can be confusing and when merging with 85 from 75 it looks like you might be exiting to 85N but the 75S HOV passes by on the left - again just watch the signs.

wdwmaw
07-20-2009, 11:08 AM
Friday at 10:00 should be fine - however, you really never know. Some delays can last until 10 but usually they are clear by then even on a Friday. It is almost always better to go through instead of around. For one thing you will have the HOV lanes to utilize - the perimeter does not. Also a PP stated you lose the semi's going through vs. around. And it is shorter to go through. Just watch the signs, the HOV lanes have exits that can be confusing and when merging with 85 from 75 it looks like you might be exiting to 85N but the 75S HOV passes by on the left - again just watch the signs.

Thank you so much I love driving through downtown, Atlanta is such a beautiful city to drive through.

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
07-20-2009, 01:02 PM
In the past I found if there are no traffic problems when driving through Atlanta it's that bad at all, plus once your out of the downtown area it's then a straight and easy drive to WDW. So no matter what my family and I keep driving through there and we don't want to take a chance with any of the detours.

CharacterFan
07-20-2009, 01:09 PM
Friday Oct 2 is when we will be heading through that way. We are 6 hours from there and I was wanting to leave around 4am so we would hit Atlanta around 10am. Was hoping to hit between morning rush and lunch. What do you think?

There might still be a little back up depending on what happens in the morning, but it should be fine. I don't think you'll find it a parking lot at that hour, unless something majors happens. If that's the case, the signs will let you know long before you get there. When you approach the connector from 75-S just stay in the 2 right lanes or the HOV lanes. People change lanes like there's no tomorrow. Also, while I don't find it at all confusing there is 1 HOV exit on the left side of the road. They now mark it with huge signs and paint to keep people from confusing it with the freeway.

sgtdisney
07-20-2009, 02:21 PM
This is good to know. We are leaving the Chicago area early in the morning on 8/1 and depending on how far we get (and how tired I am) we will be driving through Atlanta either on Saturday night or Sunday morning. Good to know that the weekends aren't all that bad.

wdwmaw
07-20-2009, 02:50 PM
There might still be a little back up depending on what happens in the morning, but it should be fine. I don't think you'll find it a parking lot at that hour, unless something majors happens. If that's the case, the signs will let you know long before you get there. When you approach the connector from 75-S just stay in the 2 right lanes or the HOV lanes. People change lanes like there's no tomorrow. Also, while I don't find it at all confusing there is 1 HOV exit on the left side of the road. They now mark it with huge signs and paint to keep people from confusing it with the freeway.

Thank you so much. We will be taking several DS's friends with us so we are taking 2 cars. DD and I will leave early in the morning and will be traveling for the first time by ourselves. DH and the boys will be about 18 hours behind us. This is why I have all the questions, done this as a passenger many times just want my ducks in a row for my first time.