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Old 10-27-2008, 08:44 AM
 
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Hello! I live in Alpharetta and am currently interviewing for a job in the Sandy Springs/Perimeter mall area (Abernathy/Exit 5 off 400 to be exact). My commute now is 7 miles/25 mins tops/streets all the way. I'm guessing that 400S would be my best bet in the morning but I know that's a nightmare! Anyone have any ideas about how that commute is in the mornings and afternoons? I used to drive 1.5 hours each way as a commute in Chicago and it stressed me out, so I'm a bit leary about doing something that long again!

Thanks for any help and advice!
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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Get on the 400 by 7:00 a.m. and you're looking at a 20-25 minute drive. It is not a bad drive if you get out early enough.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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I get on 400 S. at Northridge at roughly 7:25, and it takes me about 5-7 min. to hit I-285. Not sure how it is north of Exit 6 though.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Roswell, GA
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You don't say which exit in Alpharetta you'd be leaving from, and it will make some difference as 400S does back up quite bit during rush hour. It may also matter how long it'll take you to get to 400 -- some of the surface streets can be pretty slow-moving during rush hour also.

As data from my own personal experience, I live a couple miles east of 400 off Holcomb Bridge Road (exit 7), and for a couple of months earlier this year I was commuting daily to a customer located at Mt. Vernon and Perimeter Center West, just off the Abernathy exit. During peak rush hour, between 8 and 9 am, it typically took me up to 20 minutes to get to 400 from my house, and then generally another 20-25 minutes to get to the client location. Traffic between HBR and Abernathy on 400S generally moves, albeit not always quickly -- the area right around the HBR exit was generally the worst, and was usually the only part where I would have to come to a complete stop. After the HBR traffic merged in, flow resumed pretty well, though still with occasional backups.

Given that I had some flexibility about starting time, I took to leaving my house close to 9 am, and could generally count on being at the customer location between 9:30 and 9:40. If I had a 9:30 meeting, I would leave a little earlier, between 8:45 and 9. There were a few times when it took longer, but only a few.

Coming back in the afternoon could be more painful; depending on the time and traffic conditions, I sometimes headed through Dunwoody on Mt. Vernon/Spalding up to Holcomb Bridge, but that route can be pretty slow also. Between 45 minutes and an hour wasn't unusual, though the earlier or later you can do it the better off you are.
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Old 10-27-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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I live off the Old Milton Pkway exit..so I'd be going from that exit down to exit 5/abernathy, which I'm sure is where the slowest parts are! I do know, though, that Old Milton Pkway is a nightmare to get to 400 so I might try to find side streets to get a bit farther down on 400..maybe to Haynes Bridge exit?
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:14 PM
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I live off the Old Milton Pkway exit..so I'd be going from that exit down to exit 5/abernathy, which I'm sure is where the slowest parts are! I do know, though, that Old Milton Pkway is a nightmare to get to 400 so I might try to find side streets to get a bit farther down on 400..maybe to Haynes Bridge exit?
Depends on how far off Old Milton and what side of 400.

If you live as far east as Jones Bridge, better to go down 141 to 285, then just three miles across the top end to Ashford Dunwoody.
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