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Old 07-31-2017, 04:00 AM
 
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Scenic Highway / SR 124 between Lawrenceville and Lithonia is mostly a 2 lane each way divided highway. When I was growing up and going to high school, MOST of Scenic Highway was still only 1 lane each direction. The divided section ended at U.S. 78 and continued as a 1 lane each way road all the way to I-20. It wasn't until they built Stonecrest Mall that they widened it into the divided highway we have now. First was the section between Centerville Rosebud Rd and I-20, and then the section between U.S. 78 and Centerville Rosebud Rd.

Although construction was a mess I don't look back.. however... looking forward into the city of Snellville, there almost is never a period of the day that I can drive through the stretch between U.S. 78 and Webb Ginn that 124 isn't a absolute crawl. Problem is the only direct road that services that area and its heavily developed in Snellville and they're still biulding more. I keep having to ask myself do they have any plans to alleviate any of the traffic on 124? Most of the time I just go around it on Five Forks Trkm and Hewatt Rd or I will use "North Road" that runs parallel to 124 in Snellville.

I just feel that the section in Snellville is a bit over developed for 124. There's too many traffic lights so adding more lanes won't help too much.

I really wish there were a Toll Road between eastern Gwinnett and Eastern Rockdale / Western Newton... was that a curse word?
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:02 AM
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One of the least scenic roads I've ever driven.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:13 AM
 
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One of the least scenic roads I've ever driven.
haha, yea I agree. They should have named it Snellville Highway. I really wish they could have made it like Ronald Reagan Pkwy.
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Old 07-31-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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I always think the same exact thing!!!!

For a road called Scenic Highway, it certainly isn't very scenic!
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:37 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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The whole stretch above US-78 to Sugarloaf Parkway is a disaster. 124 between 78 & Ronald Reagan is the absolute worst with all the lights and they still keep approving more businesses in the corridor.

I'm shocked with all the cameras that Gwinnett DOT has that they still can't make the road travelable during rush hour.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:03 PM
 
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Aren't they starting construction on 78/124 intersection soon? I am surprised that area 8 miles in all directions isn't more upscale.

There are huge parks, lakes, etc. Hopefully the Town Center happens and cleans up the area-- traffic and people.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:26 PM
 
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One of the least scenic roads I've ever driven.
haha true.
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:30 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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Well on the bright side, after growing up traversing that stretch, I'm now prepared for anything!
Seriously, nothing compares to Scenic during the weekends or holidays.
The thing that amazes me is that keep adding more stuff! Every year I think "ok we have just about everything, right?" and then there's some new store that pops up. Hell, Best Buy built a new location next door just ten years after opening the first one!
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Old 07-31-2017, 08:30 PM
 
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124 and sugarloaf are both nightmares. To me, thats just Georgia though. Common problem in many places where ppl have to use the main roads to get to places and there are very few back roads. Ten years ago it was horrible. I don't dare know what it looks like now. The area has gotten so built up from sugarloaf and scenic to scenic and the 78.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:54 PM
 
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That's exactly why I live on the OTHER side of I-85. I looked at Sugarloaf Parkway and said, "Well, they might be able to add a few things here or there, but most of this road is already developed with big neighborhoods behind the trees, so I can't imagine it will really get any worse."

And it didn't. The stretch of Sugarloaf between I-85 and PIB is no more congested today than it was 8 years ago. They really can't add much, Sugarloaf Country Club and other subdivisions account for most of the land. Development at Gwinnett Arena may make the area immediately around it interesting in the next few years, though.

But honestly, even when there is a big event going on, the police are really good at corralling cars into and out of the arena and keeping delays on Sugarloaf entirely manageable. They should train APD to do the same thing for Philips!
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