AJC transportation reporter David Wickert talked to officials about traffic planning before anyone imagined a portion of I-85 would be gone by game time. From his coverage:
“SunTrust Park sits just west of the junction of I-75 and I-285. Nearly 154,000 vehicles pass through that stretch of I-75 on an average day, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Tens of thousands more cruise local roads in the surrounding area, where some 65,000 people work.
The area will become even busier when the Braves open SunTrust Park and a mix of apartments, offices and shops adjacent to the stadium.
Traffic was already bad before the Braves announced the stadium development. In recent years it’s been worse as GDOT and Cobb County launched numerous road improvements, some linked to the stadium, others not.”
Exacerbating tonight’s potential traffic mess: the thousands of vacationers hitting the road to get out of town.
“The push of Spring Break traffic and the extra push on I-285 and I-75 with people avoiding the I-85 closure” will likely keep Turnbull busy later today.
Still, he isn’t predicting a dire trek to the ballpark - assuming travelers leave plenty of time to get there.
“It will be a soft opening, so the impact will not nearly be as adverse as if this were the real home opener,” he said.
That’s coming up soon, on April 14.