Tons of Atlantans are heading home for the holidays soon, and the roads are about to be packed. Of course, holiday traffic is to be expected anywhere, but it’s expected to be especially heavy in Atlanta this year. According to 11Alive News, “More than three million Georgians are expected to hit the road this holiday season.” That’s a lot of people all headed the same ways!
But don’t worry–we’ve got the inside scoop on the best times to travel!
11Alive reports that: “Georgia Department of Transportation announced that it anticipated an increase in holiday traffic, so it’s suspending lane closures on state interstates starting Thursday, Dec. 22 at 5 a.m. until Monday, Dec. 26 at 5 a.m…Lane closure suspensions will also take effect Saturday, Dec. 31 at 5 a.m. through Monday, Jan. 2 at 5 a.m.” This means that there will be no construction projects happening for holiday travel during those time-frames, but the Department of Transportation still warns drivers to be cautious of crews working near the highway.
When’s the best time to drive?
11Alive reports: “Metro Atlanta interstates should have lighter than usual traffic on Friday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Dec. 27, GDOT predicts.”
Aaaand the worst time to drive?
“Traffic will likely pick up Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22, afternoons. GDOT wants drivers to brace for moderate to heavy traffic.” If this is the only time you’re able to travel, expect delays and heavy traffic. Drive alert, undistracted and make sure you’ve got a delicious local coffee for your drive to keep you awake!
11Alive also reports, “As far as the roadways leading to interstates, GDOT said to expect congestion. The agency predicts there to be heavy traffic from Thursday, Dec. 22, through Friday, Dec. 23. It should lighten up on Christmas Eve, with travel time and traffic to pick up again on Tuesday, Dec. 27.”
Drive safely this holiday season. Remember, it’s better to show up to the party a little late than getting in an accident! Happy holidays, y’all!