More traffic means slower speeds at rush hour. Back in February, before the pandemic, southbound traffic on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector traveled at an average speed of 21 mph at 5 p.m. on weekdays, Hibbard reported. In April, when traffic bottomed out, average speeds rose to 65.5 mph.
Last month, with traffic returning, southbound traffic on the Downtown Connector averaged 50.8 mph. at 5 p.m. on weekdays. That’s still faster than usual for pre-pandemic times, but traffic is clearly slowing down.