Where is back-to-school traffic worse?
Schools are back in session, so traffic is more horrible than ever, right? Maybe. Just as we did last year, the AJC has asked the Georgia Department of Transportation to provide traffic counts at selected sites around metro Atlanta during the morning rush hour, when traffic is most affected by the start of school. GDOT compared a week during the summer break (July 21-25) to a week after school started (Aug. 11-15) in 2014 to illustrate the differences. The results are sometimes surprising. For example, on many interstate segments, traffic actually improved during the morning rush hour. Surface streets were a different story. The measurements are for the morning rush, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., although the increases on surface streets were most notable from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., the department found.


Interstate traffic is mostly down
1. I-75 at West Paces Ferry Road
  July August Change
Northbound (5 lanes) 11,830 12,062 2.0%
Southbound (5 lanes) 10,035 11,446 14.1%
2. I-85 at Clairmont Road
  July August Change
Northbound (6 lanes) 9,901 9,869 -0.3%
Southbound (5 lanes) 17,036 17,691 3.8%
3. I-75/85 at 14th Street
  July August Change
Northbound (6 lanes) 23,095 24,611 6.6%
Southbound (7 lanes) 24,390 25,871 6.1%
4. I-75/85 at University Avenue
  July August Change
Northbound (6 lanes) 18,311 17,555 -4.1%
Southbound (7 lanes) 15,482 15,808 2.1%
5. I-85 at Beaver Ruin Road
  July August Change
Northbound (6 lanes) 15,319 14,935 -2.5%
Southbound (6 lanes) 18,039 15,057 -16.5%
6. Ga. 400 at Mansell Road
  July August Change
Northbound (4 lanes) 11,196 13,076 16.8%
Southbound (4 lanes) 10,878 10,433 -4.1%
7. I-75 at Canton Highway
  July August Change
Northbound (5 lanes) 12,549 12,482 -0.5%
Southbound (5 lanes) 16,455 16,288 -1.0%
8. I-85 at Ga. 120
  July August Change
Northbound (7 lanes) 10,806 9,466 -12.4%
Southbound (5 lanes) 12,571 11,514 -8.4%
Source: Georgia Department of Transportation
 
Surface-street traffic is totally up
1. Smyrna South Cobb Drive, south of Ridge Road
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 6
  July August Change
Both directions 24,667 29,269 18.7%
2. Roswell Old Alabama Road, west of Barrington Drive
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 1
  July August Change
Both directions 15,893 17,960 13.0%
3. Roswell Woodstock Road/Ga. 92, west of Mountain Park Road
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 2
  July August Change
Both directions 57,742 60,735 5.2%
4. Jonesboro Tara Boulevard at Sherwood Forest Memorial Park
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 2
  July August Change
Both directions 52,159 58,022 11.2%
5. SE Atlanta Moreland Avenue SE, north of McDonough Boulevard
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 7
  July August Change
Both directions 23,988 27,212 13.4%
6. NW Atlanta Roswell Road, between Peachtree Road and Lakeview Drive
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 3
  July August Change
Both directions 28,350 31,245 10.2%
7. Snellville Lenora Church Road, North of Marigold Road
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 3
  July August Change
Both directions 13,296 12,108 -8.9%
8. Dunwoody Dunwoody Club Road, east of Mount Vernon Road
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 1
  July August Change
Both directions 6,037 7,118 17.9%
9. Marietta Cobb Parkway (U.S. 41), at Franklin Road
Schools within 1.5-mile radius: 1
  July August Change
Both directions 30,488 31,384 2.9%%