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Old 10-23-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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I thought the loop was 285 and the inner loop was the lanes going clockwise around the city and the outer loop was the lanes going counter-clockwise. I was pretty proud of myself and even bragged about the knowledge. In the past two days I've paid more attention to the traffic report and now it seems the inner and outer loops are totally different areas. Can anyone simplify this for me? Traffic reports here are so confusing anyway! All these interstates!!! 75, 85, 285, 20, 675... what did I forget?
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:46 PM
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I thought the loop was 285 and the inner loop was the lanes going clockwise around the city and the outer loop was the lanes going counter-clockwise. I was pretty proud of myself and even bragged about the knowledge. In the past two days I've paid more attention to the traffic report and now it seems the inner and outer loops are totally different areas. Can anyone simplify this for me? Traffic reports here are so confusing anyway! All these interstates!!! 75, 85, 285, 20, 675... what did I forget?
Sounds like a traffic reporter from another city! There's only 1 loop here.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Decatur, GA
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What exactly did they say? The only other name for I-285 I can think of right off hand is "Top-End Perimeter" which refers to the stretch from Doraville through Perimeter to Cumberland between I-85 and I-75. But you are correct, outer loop is counter-clockwise, inner loop is counter-clockwise.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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There's only one loop that I know of. So sounds to me like you got it right. Inner loop are the lanes on the Perimeter that are closest to the city. Now there was a project called "the outer loop" that's been proposed and shot down many times: another much larger loop around the metro area. But that road doesn't exist.

As for freeways you forgot: there's 400, 575, 985, the Connector (75/85), Freedom Parkway, Stone Mountain Freeway, and Langford Parkway.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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I'm not so stoopid! Maybe I heard wrong. Funny how reality gets distorted when you're sitting in traffic for an hour and a half to go 20 miles. I love Atlanta!
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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I think some are trying to introduce inner and outer loop to refer to the clockwise and counterclockwise lanes. I know other places do that (Charlotte I think). Just saying EB means nothing because halfway around and you're going WB! But yea there's only one perimeter, 285.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:30 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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I thought the loop was 285 and the inner loop was the lanes going clockwise around the city and the outer loop was the lanes going counter-clockwise. I was pretty proud of myself and even bragged about the knowledge. In the past two days I've paid more attention to the traffic report and now it seems the inner and outer loops are totally different areas. Can anyone simplify this for me? Traffic reports here are so confusing anyway! All these interstates!!! 75, 85, 285, 20, 675... what did I forget?
no, you are correct.

Just depends on the part of town. In the morning, you will hear you the inner loop being slow from 20 on the west side to 400.

Then, from 20 on the east side to 400, you will hear about outer loop delays.

Reverse in the evening.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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I think some are trying to introduce inner and outer loop to refer to the clockwise and counterclockwise lanes. I know other places do that (Charlotte I think). Just saying EB means nothing because halfway around and you're going WB! But yea there's only one perimeter, 285.
I've always heard that here. They do the same thing in Baltimore and DC.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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This is the official answer from 511ga.org

I-285:
  • Often referred to as The Perimeter.
  • Since it runs in a circle around Atlanta, determining direction is often difficult. Therefore, the two directions of travel on I-285 are known as the Inner Loop and the Outer Loop.
  • Motorists will frequently use the term, The Top End to denote the area of I-285 between I-75 in Cobb County and I-85 in DeKalb County.
http://www.511ga.org/static/common_road_names.html
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Northlake
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I'm not so stoopid! Maybe I heard wrong. Funny how reality gets distorted when you're sitting in traffic for an hour and a half to go 20 miles. I love Atlanta!
And I refuse to sit in traffic for a long time. Thank GOD there are several ways to get around this city without getting on the Interstate.
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