Now that Atlantans have finally recovered from Snowmageddon 2011, you would think we'd be in the clear for a while, right? Think again. While, barring another storm, we will have a break from major trouble on the roads, the DOT is planning to once again re-pave the downtown connector this summer.
This will be the fourth summer in a row that part of the downtown connector has been overtaken by construction. This particular project will involve the southern tip, from GA 54 just south of I-20 down to the split and continuing on I-75 down to I-285, according to AJC.com. The project is still in the bidding phase, and an actual start date won't be known until the contract is awarded.
Of course, construction of this nature always involves much more than the actual site itself. In addition to the mind-numbing traffic that will result from lane closures on the connector, the surface streets are sure to be in terrible shape as well. Granted, this re-paving is needed. The asphalt is crumbling and the last time this stretch of the connector was re-paved was 1994. Regardless, traffic headaches will ensue. Traffic problems like this are a breeding ground for accidents. With all the stop-and-go on the interstate and people trying to find creative ways around backups, fender-benders and worse will result.
Enjoy the break from major traffic headaches for now, and remember to be alert when driving in the nightmarish traffic to come.