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Unread 03-08-2011, 05:44 AM
 
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Default Best time to drive through Atlanta

and how long does it take? We'll be taking a cross country trip and we're trying to decide if we should go through TN to avoid Atlanta (that's the long way) or just push on through.

Thanks!
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Unread 03-08-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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OMG...have the fear mongers made things sound so bad that people are willing to go miles and hours out of their way to avoid Atlanta?

Where are you coming from, on what route, and at what time of day?

If you come through on I-75/85 (aka "the connector") southbound from the northern suburbs in the AM, you may hit some stop and go traffic. Same for northbound in the PM. Reverse is true from the southern suburbs.

If you come east on I-20 from the west part of the state in the AM, you will hit some stop and go. Likewise westbound from the east. Reverse is true in the PM.

While accidents can always happen, and bad weather can make things worse, a trip through town may encounter some stop and go traffic, and you may not fly through like you will in off hours. Maybe an extra 30 minutes from one side of town to the other? Maybe an extra 60 min if you hit traffic on both sides of town?

I fly home to Atlanta many times around 6pm and hit the roads by the airport south of the city and come through town to my home in the northern suburbs. It can take me around an hour to get home at that time.
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Unread 03-08-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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If you're approaching town at 8-9AM or 5-6PM, you might be in for a 30min-1 hour delay. Obviously if something horrible happens, this can be longer (as is true anywhere). I-285 is your friend, depending on your route (avoid the top end, and if you are just going straight through on one interstate, it is usually better to just go straight through downtown).

What is the route going to be?
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Unread 03-08-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Seeing how the OP never answered last time the question was asked- I'd just forget about this post.
Looking for vacation rental south of Atlanta
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Unread 03-08-2011, 03:17 PM
 
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Seeing how the OP never answered last time the question was asked- I'd just forget about this post.
Looking for vacation rental south of Atlanta
Sorry about that. We're planning a cross country move and I have 4 young children as well as food allergies that make it difficult for us to eat on the road. I'm just trying to gather information.

We will be driving south from NC (Raleigh-Charlotte-Atlanta) then west (I think the route turns west shortly s of Atlanta) to Houston, Texas.

Thanks for any information. We're still not sure if we're going to stop in Atlanta for the night or continue on to Montgomery, AL. Depends on what time of day we leave. Things are still up in the air with the movers.
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Unread 03-08-2011, 04:10 PM
 
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Unread 03-08-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Sorry about that. We're planning a cross country move and I have 4 young children as well as food allergies that make it difficult for us to eat on the road. I'm just trying to gather information.

We will be driving south from NC (Raleigh-Charlotte-Atlanta) then west (I think the route turns west shortly s of Atlanta) to Houston, Texas.

Thanks for any information. We're still not sure if we're going to stop in Atlanta for the night or continue on to Montgomery, AL. Depends on what time of day we leave. Things are still up in the air with the movers.
You'll be on I-85 the whole way then. Seems like you should try to arrive in early afternoon and shoot straight through. Traffic on southbound I-85 headed out of town is typically very tame; even at 5PM you'd probably not have too much of a problem.

If you stay in Atlanta, stay on the southside (such as Newnan) so you won't need to deal with traffic in the morning. Staying on the northside would be a huge mistake.
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