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Atlanta motorists want to know Georgia's plans to expand arterial roads after an Atlanta car accident closed down I-285 for eight hours during a Tuesday morning commute. The accident occurred on February 9, 2011, and was caused by a wrong-way driver colliding with a semi truck transporting margarine, which caught on fire. Fire fighters had to use about 15,000 gallons of water to put the fire out.
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was killed instantly when his car smashed into the tractor trailer. However, the truck driver was not injured in the accident. Clean up of the accident took an extremely long time, shutting down I-285 for the morning commute and leaving motorists stuck without any other options.
Atlanta's Lack of Arterial Highways
This strip of the interstate happens to be one of the most traveled stretches of I-285, as it is estimated that about 200,000 drivers take this section through Dunwoody daily. This accident forced motorists to look for other routes, but there weren't very many options. Atlanta's arterial road system is constantly named one of the worst roadway networks in a large urban area.
Atlanta doesn't seem to have arterial highways, and motorists want to see something done that will give them alternatives and help alleviate the bottleneck problem on many interstates, like the I-285 at I-75 junction.
What is going to be done to give motorists more options and help alleviate traffic and car accidents in Atlanta?
The 18-county metro area is planning to spend $5.5 billion to expand arterial roads over the next 30 years. Some of the roads that will be expanded are Ga. 20, Covington Highway, and Cobb Parkway. However, a full comprehensive plan for the region is still needed in order to build more alternatives to interstates.
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Because of Atlanta's congestion due to the lack of arterial roadways, your chances of being involved in a car accident in Atlanta during rush hour traffic increases. If you have been injured in a Georgia car crash caused by the negligence of another driver not paying attention to the congested roadways, then call Atlanta personal injury attorneyTony Kalka at Kalka & Baer for a free legal consultation at. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy, ongoing care, lost wages, and more.