New administration leaves same questions on federal transportation funding

“[Their] plans are no different than Obama and Trump’s – spend more on new roads and bridges,” veteran Capitol Hill reporter and “Regular Order” newsletter author Jamie Dupree told the AJC and 95.5 WSB. “The biggest stumbling block is simple,” Dupree explained. “How do you pay for it? Most people don’t want to vote to increase gas taxes. The big problem is that as we transition more to hybrids and electric vehicles, they don’t buy as much or any gas! So how do you get the revenue?”

Dupree said that the White House is exploring a radical departure from a federal gas tax that hasn’t increased in 28 years and draws in less and less money, as cars become more fuel-efficient. But he said a new plan of charging drivers by vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is controversial. The government would have to track how vehicles travel, similar to a moving electric or water meter. While some states and other countries track VMT in a limited manner, the idea seems foreign and radical to many in the states.

Adding the phrases “government-tracking” and “tax increase” to any policy is often the recipe for political poison.

So the feds and the states may need to collaborate to build more toll roads to fund a pricey infrastructure plan. Departments of Transportation nationwide have leaned this way in recent years, as evidenced by the proliferation of Express Lanes in Metro Atlanta in the last decade. And there are many more variably-priced toll lanes to come in the 2020s in the Peach State.

GDOT has battled both the decrease in fuel taxes and erosion of funding in the state budget for years, spurring its push for those toll lanes.

Public-private-partnerships, where investors help foot the bills and then share in later revenue-collection, have helped accelerate the expansion of both toll lanes and other big projects, such as “Transform I-285/GA-400” in Sandy Springs. PPPs help Georgia flatten up-front costs, so GDOT can build more sizable projects simultaneously.

Georgia has been inventive in pushing big transportation projects forward and Biden, Buttigieg, and U.S. DOT will have to be also. The Trump Administration was unable to pass a huge infrastructure bill with heftier favorable party margins on both sides of Congress. Biden and Buttigieg will likely have to walk a tightrope to widen more roads.

But the good news here is that traffic is a unity ticket. Frustration with any kind of travel delay unites many, regardless of ideologies or demographics. The nitty-gritty of bridge-building and electric vehicle research do not, however, impassion many people. Less emotion means less interest, which means transportation plans often slide to back burners.

With the nearly-$2 trillion COVID-19 relief package in the balance and a series of virus-related unknowns on the horizon this year, traffic pain may not yet hit lawmakers in the feels. And paying for infrastructure may become even more difficult after doling out pandemic aid. So don’t be surprised if the legislative gridlock in Washington D.C. stymies policy in aiding traffic gridlock nationwide.

Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. Contact him at [email protected].

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One of many brilliant songs from their 2006 album “Stadium Arcadium” started on my music app."},{"_id":"7HPYRXQORJENLHE4LTLL5V7S3E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“Wet Sand” is the second-to-last track on the “Jupiter” disc of that epic double-album. The 28- song collection, along with the various b-sides the Chili Peppers released in that period, is arguably the pinnacle of the band’s songwriting. John Frusciante’s chord progressions, solos, and backup harmonies are elite. Flea’s funky, intricate bass lines, lead singer Anthony Kiedis’ lyrics, raps, and melodies, and Chad Smith’s rock-solid drum beats hadn’t lost any steps from the 1990s."},{"_id":"HYCBFFDWHBFUVJRNWVDRKNUZ4Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And “Wet Sand” is a perfect encapsulation of the band’s range, building and crescendoing from a ballad to a zenith of an anthem and screaming guitar solo. Right there is where I hit the not-so-loud pedal on the Ford Edge and quickly eclipsed 55 mph while heading down a hill near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport."},{"_id":"SXLAKAD2UJF35IINUL2G5NBNPM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I played a ton of bass guitar and string bass in high school and added rhythm guitar soon after. Adulthood’s rigors have kept me off of the fingerboards, though my heart never left them. I play along in my head when I hear good songs. And incredible tunes like “Wet Sand”, which Flea has said is one his favorite R.H.C.P. songs, really electrify my synapses and tingle my spine. That recent day, the half-step modulation down into the “Wet Sand” outro really got me."},{"_id":"6ZW7QFRQXRAANP72GY7PKYYE2M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“You don’t form in the wet sand, you don’t form at all. Whoa, you don’t form in the wet sand. I do. Yeaaaaaah!”"},{"_id":"HNFUFC4WOVA3LBENV5ZAIHSQKQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And I really felt the deliberate, simple chords from Frusciante pulse through me, while Flea’s (my musical idol) and Smith’s bass and drums thumped in lock-step:"},{"_id":"6YZ3FVXUYFD75FZBSFGJ7CEMEQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"E- F#m - G#m...over and over and then that unexpected D#!"},{"_id":"A6MKJCPPSZGXNFONI7ANWJB32U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The angle of the gas pedal decreased, as the speedometer needle became more obtuse. My goodness, I’m even typing faster now. I didn’t get popped for speeding that time, as I noticed the velocity-climb in the hill’s trough. But I haven’t always been so lucky."},{"_id":"BUWTYPVDSNCKLKS5IFH4P5USZY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"My Chemical Romance’s “Welcome to the Black Parade” played on the radio of my 1994 Mercury Sable some ten years ago. I don’t love that song half as much as I love most Chili Peppers’ songs, but I nonetheless hit 55 mph on the damp pavement in Doraville and a police officer took notice. That was an expensive trip, as I ironically was driving back from having the brakes fixed on that decrepit sedan."},{"_id":"UTVZAGMUBJHF7FSHDNAXSMOQQE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Buford Highway, including at the spot of my transgression near I-285, is as wide as an interstate, similarly to that aforementioned stretch of Clairmont Road. If traffic is light, speeding on either road is incredibly easy. Throw in some youth and a good song (not even a great one) and the soil is ripe for sowing speed."},{"_id":"WQULGAZSIJBL5N3BCLR5AXSGBQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"At 35, I am far more conscious of my speed and recklessness than I was in my early 20s. I still have the need for speed, but I have to settle for driving go-karts once a year or just covering NASCAR races (which is incredible, by the way). But, I, the one who preaches often about safe driving, sometimes have the same problems as many others behind the wheel. I’ll join you in continuing to watch my speed, especially when Outkast’s “B.O.B.,” Holzst’s “Jupiter,” or just about anything upbeat by the Red Hot Chili Peppers starts playing. Habits can crumble in wet sand and then be rebuilt easily."},{"_id":"Q5UJ2LM3FBCSDFZWSBPNXORMDI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. 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In the future, when C-V2X becomes available to the public it will provide an immediate benefit to vulnerable road users.” Audi is among 26 partners in the alliance. Others range from AT&T and Qualcomm to the City of Alpharetta and the North Fulton Community Improvement District, to traffic technology and safety outfits, to Mulligan’s own Applied Information company. Mulligan said that the Georgia Department of Transportation has been a big iATL promoter and so have the cities of Marietta, Sandy Springs and Atlanta. Connected technology corridors along MLK Jr. Dr., Campbellton Rd. and North Ave. are proof of the city’s and the state’s buy-in."},{"_id":"SUEWHXWHTVDFNI3E5RG6ICYBFA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The road map for connected vehicles and infrastructure involves a careful dance with the government and industry. The public sector rightfully shapes policy, Mulligan said. But, he added, “The business of the pace of change of technology — that belongs in the private sector.” Very simply, innovation and technology transform far faster than the bureaucracy can process it. The private sector, now fueled by the efficiency of teleconferencing, can comparatively sprint in this marathon."},{"_id":"PXUGEIMNANAPRA5OSNQBJIIDBA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Fully autonomous cars are closer than they seem. Mulligan recently drove from Tifton to Duluth without once touching the pedals of his Tesla. Tesla automatically updates the car’s software every six weeks with, among other things, new tweaks on how its cameras read the roads and communicate with other cars and connected technology."},{"_id":"CV6TCUKACVDNTCJAHTATMSTTXM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Commuters can “connect” their vehicles by having the proper apps on their smartphones, which then communicate on “behalf of their cars.” iATL has spearheaded ways to give California cyclists preferential treatment at some traffic lights via the same app. That same innovation already exists in some Atlanta Fire Department engines and some Georgia and Massachusetts transit buses. CV2-X tells vehicles to stop around loading school buses and occupied crosswalks."},{"_id":"6PXCSWMTZNDIZKUZNBSZN63SYI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The Great American Shutdown ravaged the hospitality and trade show industries, among others, last year. And the pandemic continues belching negativity into 2021. But the hope of a safer streetscape is on the horizon, despite Georgia’s current deadly stint on the roads."},{"_id":"MGOKCZ5BP5CNDJXVKZAPGOQILY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"iATL, with the support of the private and public sectors, is helping work to make Metro Atlanta a technology hub and the best place on the east coast to do business. Mulligan’s lab is also expanding into many other cities, a contagion far more desirable than COVID-19. 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GSP continues to hand out hundreds of citations for violating the 2018 Hands-Free Georgia Act. 2020 saw a sharp increase in drivers being cited for super-speeding in Atlanta."},{"_id":"4WJV3P4HEZBPPEHP4J2562IHCM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047989},"type":"text","content":"The increase in Metro Atlanta’s crash count in Q3 of 2020 outpaced growing traffic volume, as more businesses and campuses reopened. A break out of anarchistic street racing and drifting shut down roads in cities nationwide, not the least of which is our Capital City. Objectively, Georgia drivers are collectively defecating where they sleep, rather than drive."},{"_id":"5ZQJCSVSAFF4JASYBHXYFL636A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047990},"type":"text","content":"Georgia State Patrol reported last week that 13 people died in the 78-hour New Year’s driving period. GSP alone worked 474 crashes, issued 372 DUIs, and gave out nearly 8,000 citations in less than four days. But those numbers still might not be enough to move some moral needles."},{"_id":"EJEKUDKH3FDYNP5IS2TCZIYKRA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047991},"type":"text","content":"During this deadly driving period, GSP investigated the tragic death of DeKalb PD Sergeant Daniel Mobley. In his supervisory role, he drove to Downtown Atlanta to investigate his cohort’s wreck at about 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 2nd. As Mobley surveyed the scene in the sweeping curve on I-75/85/southbound south of Williams Street, a reckless driver plowed into and killed Mobley. Mobley was 44-years-old."},{"_id":"IHG4XDMIO5GW3ONW6SZX7EKHXU","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"JIKIXQG4K5EWJGQRYLULKVYMHU"},"type":"raw_html","content":"

"},{"_id":"TVTA76YTHZB4FARA3BXHG5WVTA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047993},"type":"text","content":"Mobley, like many around the world, had likely rung out 2020 even harder than welcoming in the New Year. The 22-year DeKalb PD veteran barely got a sniff of the new hope of 2021. A passing driver selfishly and avoidably snuffed out Mobley’s life."},{"_id":"ZRI6WU72B5HS3A2Q5GMPNMGD6E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047994},"type":"text","content":"At this point, one might read this and say, “Yeah, those people are terrible!”"},{"_id":"OL2ZU5TJS5EMZANRCFYOEEYJJA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047995},"type":"text","content":"That kind of thinking is a philosophical failure of checking one’s own blind spot. Now is high time Georgia drivers properly change lanes."},{"_id":"XHXVRB7MIFFO3J35UODPPK3XOU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047996},"type":"text","content":"We allow or encourage bad driving all the time. Yes, even those of us who recognize errant and selfish drivers in our state - we are enablers. We remain quiet when our family or friends grab their phones, while in motion and behind the wheel. “I don’t want to nag. I want to keep the peace,” we may say."},{"_id":"EHE3UB4NYBAP5KI2PVVPGKKGXA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047997},"type":"text","content":"Correcting a driver, especially someone we love, can open a good door to discussion (if done correctly and without an overly emotional infusion). Sometimes behavior stops when the right person says the right thing. In fact, my wife Momo and I had this exact discussion recently. One behavior in the car by one of us led to an entire discussion about how to properly approach it. We can all agree that impactful conversation is far better than a high-impact crash."},{"_id":"SXN4EOBS2BFJLNVF23NO5AB6ZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047998},"type":"text","content":"We often justify our own bad driving behavior, because we think we are actually better-than-average drivers. “I can handle doing 90, but that idiot over there is going to wreck,” we may say. Technically, this may be true; drivers have different skill levels. But driving far above the speed limit increases our risk and decreases our reaction time."},{"_id":"UUXGUQ4DH5GQNEE56FVXTJ5U4M","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314047999},"type":"text","content":"There is also something more consequential about speeding, erratic lane-changing, tailgating, or just, overall, being selfish. When we drive sophomorically, we lower the bar. When we misbehave, we subconsciously alert others that driving that way is acceptable. Almost every person succumbs to this kind of herd behavior."},{"_id":"CFRNZNDN5VDRNOIKXAZDVENBCM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314048000},"type":"text","content":"Regressing to the mean is exactly how protests with a few enraged outliers turn into predominantly violent mobs. Once the first person or two topples the fence or breaks the window, many others follow suit. Those actions just became acceptable by that group’s terms of engagement. The same phenomenon is happening with us on the Georgia roads."},{"_id":"R5E7RXO5VVFVTKHWC4MTH5X44U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314048001},"type":"text","content":"How many more ways can we slice this? Drive with more than yourself in mind. Be an advocate for more than just your schedule. Be a leader in your own family or friend group. Bad behavior is contagious, but so is good behavior. Many Americans have clamored for reasonable voices on the political and social stage. Those admirable aspirations are empty if we don’t do strive for the same in our own cars and on our streets. Road fatalities are almost completely avoidable. We must do better and stop enabling, well, ourselves. We, the people. We, the drivers. We, the killers. We can stop the bleeding."},{"_id":"OKBBJRUU3NFEVBXKYIZR3JFMGU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1610314048002},"type":"text","content":"Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. 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It doesn’t necessarily have to be your phone,” Riley explained. Errant animals, dropped items, dashboard screen-fumbling, and animated conversation are all distractions. But texting is what really takes eyes off the road and hands off the wheel the longest. Jim Morrison knew this 50 years ago and getting in a “texting wreck” could certainly give someone the “Roadhouse Blues.”"},{"_id":"ENEOESIUEJEA7OQRRGOUO3RUT4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Riley echoed what many of us on the WSB Traffic Team wish for Georgia driving in 2021. You probably want the same thing - more patience and consideration. This means making more plans for getting home safely after having a few drinks. This means using turn signals and checking blind spots. This means not shutting down roads to dangerously drag race. 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We discussed two months ago in this column the potential dangers and confusion when traffic is split, shifted, and contra-flowed. And there have been some horrible wrecks out there, as cars of every size and giant big rigs have to juke left and right through the shifting lanes."},{"_id":"DIUGDCGCZ5B7HK3MGZ5UA3N4GQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The good news about this project, which is a deep effort by the state to construct bigger shoulders in both directions and several other improvements, is that the project is on time. The larger emergency lanes are meant to make travel in the future safer, creating more wiggle room for out-of-control vehicles or for stalls and wrecks to move out of the way."},{"_id":"KB2JF3GCW5DRREMZO3GILH6VEI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"But the bad or at least indifferent news is that there is no target completion date on the GDOT’s project search web page. This extensive rebuild is done in segments, which is also why it seems perpetual. So take things especially easy on I-20 in west Georgia, as delays often occur out of nowhere. The current lane shift is between Highway 113 (Exit 19) in Temple and Highway 61 (Exit 24) in Villa Rica."},{"_id":"57T2VZJYQJGHLD2AQF37GTHKNY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“Here’s a good one: When are the Henry County Express Lanes going to be extended up to the Airport??”"},{"_id":"4NSJASEDNBBXVPQU2LLSXHF3IE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"John Sibley via Facebook"},{"_id":"QVBPVCKO35G63K4NJVLN2VXNDM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The GDOT project search page lists an Express Lanes project for I-75 between Highway 138 and I-285 in Clayton County. But this is so preliminary, a start date isn’t even listed, much less a finish date."},{"_id":"QRK3IVOUZRB35AYPJ34MQKCKLE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"For what it’s worth, we know there are Express Lanes projects on the board for I-285 anywhere north of I-20, GA-400 between Sandy Springs and Cumming, I-20 from Douglasville to I-285, and I-20 from I-285 to Stonecrest. Expect these projects to last through the 2020s. The existing Express Lanes projects northwest and south of town each took about three years to build. GDOT’s funding mechanisms will allow much of this work to happen simultaneously, hopefully shortening the timelines."},{"_id":"JGP6S62HVBAU5LAJZZCD266G2I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"But as we have seen with the Transform I-285/GA-400 project, unplanned weather or utility delays can delay the best-laid plans. That project now has a year-delayed targeted opening in December 2021."},{"_id":"BXDZLAMNU5CX7DETAH3SCCYJ7E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“I enjoy your weekly column in the AJC.  I am writing to find out if you know anything about the progress of the bridge construction on Cascade Road in South Fulton where It crosses Utoy Creek. It seems that the road has been closed for more than a year. Who is responsible for the work and any idea when it will be completed?”"},{"_id":"WR23GZHBEVEKJNXB6UO2PZQWL4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"David Ellwanger via email"},{"_id":"YQAI5KJNGJENZM62HORVXRLJGI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I spoke with City of South Fulton Public Works Director Antonia Valenzuela about this. The end is in sight."},{"_id":"3VETZMN7SZFPJF5X6XSFOQSQSY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Valenzuela said that South Fulton is one a three-year-old city, so any project on their docket has taken longer to execute than one would with, say, the well-established county government. But South Fulton made this complete replacement of the deteriorating Cascade Road bridge over Utoy Creek a priority. Crews are adding wider shoulders, with six-foot-wide sidewalks on each side and are completely redoing the bridge, all the way to the foundation."},{"_id":"PVFDI55AONFJRIATDTBVGV25IY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"This thorough reset, like any project, required permitting, the purchasing of right-of-way, and the navigation around utility lines and services."},{"_id":"MDNVPYW7V5GMVD6YZXV2U45BE4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Valenzuela said that the bridge has a targeted opening of January 22nd, 2021. This is still on schedule, but any factor could delay that."},{"_id":"5MKVDFBFLZFFVC3R3E2B4V44YA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“Hi Doug. I read your columns in the AJC and know you are on top of all things traffic. I live in Stone Mountain near the intersection of 78, Rockbridge Rd, and Park Pl Blvd. It is a busy area and it’s easy to hear traffic noise. But there seems to be an over abundance of guys (I assume they are non caring guys) who drive very loud cars and love to rev them to the floor when racing around the streets. Even with closed windows, they are LOUD."},{"_id":"MB5PEI3E7VBEDGYP5UE4WRWJ4I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Are there not noise ordinances against loud vehicles in Gwinnett County and are they ever enforced? I keep thinking a potato up their tailpipes would do some good."},{"_id":"UHUN22723NFVBBT7BZG74V4OOI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Thanks for listening. Sometimes all you need to do is vent a little.”"},{"_id":"ZEWF2MPSVBC4TD3UMH6QRWGJY4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Kent Smith via email"},{"_id":"CUP75273Y5BJTM4EUZHXPBMGSA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“Hey Doug! This has nothing to do with gridlock. Just me griping, and you might be the best to address this. Seems the ATL PD rarely enforces traffic laws on city streets. I see ne’er do wells blowing through stop signs and lights, making illegal U-Turns, taking a right turn out of the far left lane, and taking a left turn out of the far right lane, street racing, popping wheelies for blocks... both motorcycles and 4 wheelers, parking illegally... many infractions right in front of police... All personally witnessed on Peachtree Street in Buckhead and Downtown Atlanta...Recently learned Atlanta adopted a zero-chase policy. Well, that explains a lot. If I commit a crime and won’t be pursued, and I’m that sort of ne’er do well, why not commit the crime if it benefits me? Just Wow.”"},{"_id":"AEERUUB63JGTDDA2QPTFAULJDE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"-Drew Fuqua via Facebook"},{"_id":"UUVDN64VAZF65EMI23I5TUZYUI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"These complaints only increase as the nuisances and crimes of street racing do."},{"_id":"UKDMN3V7GZGIHN4AQ4IQ4SA7XM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"To Kent’s point, I do not know of any noise ordinances about street-legal vehicles. But if one continues to hear the same kind of problem consistently and can tell where it’s happening, they need to call the police. Please keep your potatoes out of others’ tailpipes. That will also disturb the peace."},{"_id":"FR4UCXZV3VADTHAC4OZ2ZRB2P4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And Drew, a personal friend of mine, echoes a frustration that even the police themselves share. APD faces many problems, as it reflects on a year of bursting crime rates and numerous controversies."},{"_id":"EBWF5SR5LVBOJBGDWLZNOR5HMQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"I’ve written multiple times about how absolutely reckless and inconsiderate blocking off streets, endangering others, and disturbing the peace with unsanctioned street racing is. But curbing it takes more manpower. The APD is underemployed by hundreds. They simply do not have enough officers to patrol hot zones."},{"_id":"3YPJQUDLSNABJGVAGQ5QLGKEJQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"As for the “no-chase policy”...that typically applies to non-violent criminals. And my thinking has evolved over the years on the issue. I used to find the idea of not chasing criminals in vehicles ridiculous and enabling. But now I see it as a matter of risk versus reward. If someone is street racing, for example, is the risk of endangering innocent bystanders (not to mention the officers and the alleged criminals themselves) worth catching them?"},{"_id":"2UXU5BLW4VERZLNG6HTTNY6RL4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"None of these are great answers, which only goes to show why solving the drag racing and loud exhaust issues involves more than policy. 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There are 1.42 deaths per 100 million VMT in 2020; 2019 saw 1.08. 33 of 50 states and Washington D.C. have seen fatality rates increase this year on less-crowded roads."},{"_id":"64SIKJBTGBFDRI44OGTQPCSCCQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“Obviously, speed plays a factor, whether it’s bad weather, or some kind of malfunction in a car, or a traffic jam - speed always plays a factor,” Pishue explained about why wrecks happen and why they can end up so severe. Atlanta’s speeds from April to July 2020 were 31% higher than the same period the year before. 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Considering the number of cars, transition ramps, nearby exits, quick decisions, and confusion, this may not be a surprise. INRIX’s findings only measure metro areas, but they predict that the riskiness of rural driving is higher in 2020 than in the recent past and for the same reasons. With a nationwide COVID-19 vaccine likely widely available soon, we may all soon know what a true “return to normal” is."},{"_id":"J5KJPEHPVVASRLZLEYDS4T7TBE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“The pandemic is going to be studied for a decade, at least in the transportation industry, because it has been unprecedented,” Pishue stated."},{"_id":"BZIXAXVDKZFCXGRNKB6N7TSP4A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"What hasn’t changed about driving is the importance of safety, consideration, and awareness. 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Meanwhile, the Pence caravan went the wrong direction on 285 - east instead of west - and is now back in the right direction trying to ease its way through gridlocked traffic to Dobbins Air Reserve Base. #gapol [twitter.com] pic.twitter.com/80x8ZJMZeA

&mdash [t.co]; Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November [twitter.com] 20, 2020

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The left lane,” McKay nearly exclaimed. “They cleared everybody off to the right as best they could and they moved [the motorcade] in the left lane.” McKay watched the contingent do this from a distance, after it passed I-85 and was on its way in the right direction toward I-75 in Cobb."},{"_id":"XRDU4O4O6BGZVBAGDGY5I7VJ34","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732202},"type":"text","content":"“We were in the far left lane and we were not moving at a high rate of speed at all. We were just rumbling through pretty slowly, moving in and out of traffic.” Bluestein recalled. “And then suddenly we hear this, like, avalanche of sirens behind us.” Bluestein said that numerous GSP patrol cars came up behind the caravan to help serve as a buffer between the continent’s caboose and the rest of the traffic they passed. “That I-285 stretch - that was rough,” Bluestein chuckled."},{"_id":"4IZONOXGERGSHLMYAW4A6CQRI4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732203},"type":"text","content":"Yeah it was. In fact, Bluestein got a text that night from a friend who was stopped for over an hour somewhere. The stoppage could have been one of many places, since the closures hugged the north side Perimeter between Tucker and Cumberland for over 30 minutes longer than planned."},{"_id":"JQB6QIRFQNABZKUU2FPETGQSRY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732204},"type":"text","content":"I tried to find out just who actually made the wrong turn. No one at Cobb PD ventured an answer on the record and GSP could only refer me to the Secret Service, who plans the whole detail.."},{"_id":"A34HZ3YBDJHZDCB7FI5YRINXTE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732205},"type":"text","content":"A U.S.S.S. spokesperson responded curtly to my email on the matter. In it, I asked three things: who made the mistake, was there a security risk in the detour, and if there was no security risk, why cause such big closures?"},{"_id":"G3RMU6PRLRB5XBSSRWOODDOL2E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732206},"type":"text","content":"“For operational security reasons, the Secret Service does not discuss specifically or in general terms the means, methods or resources we utilize to carry out our protective mission,” they said. I asked a follow-up question about whom Atlanta motorists should hold accountable for the wrong turn. They did not respond."},{"_id":"KTEG3SUKZNEALHIDZZJNVLBQP4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732207},"type":"text","content":"The circle of governmental buck-passing moves much faster than the Great Circle Around Atlanta did that Friday. This is the latest example of a political entourage bludgeoning a Friday afternoon commute. Simultaneous visits from President Trump and Vice President Pence almost exactly a year before caused waves of closures and a premature shutdown of the Downtown Connector. Trump’s March visit to the CDC prompted interstates to be blocked far longer than the time needed for the motorcade to return to Dobbins. The obnoxious closures transcend any political party. Nothing is likely to change in this regard in January of 2021."},{"_id":"OR6ULD7Q4FFWDGQ6XCA75JVNQM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732208},"type":"text","content":"That the closures are necessary is not the gripe here. To ensure safety, they are. But the amount of time roads stay closed far exceeds the need. I spoke with someone close to the situation months ago and relayed some grievances. They listened to and understood them, but also said nothing would change. Protocol."},{"_id":"EUK2WJ6MWRGETGDW63OEMKNG5A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732209},"type":"text","content":"So, Atlanta, no one is going to own the mistake. Not one person from three agencies will apologize for your being late to see your kids or for dinner. They certainly won’t publicly empathize with the time, productivity, and gas money wasted. No. This is top secret protocol and we are not even worthy of eye contact. “We, the people” are merely “we, the subjects” when VIPs arrive."},{"_id":"KE4VQMX3DZAEFHYCS3RM4RN5IM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1606746732210},"type":"text","content":"We musn’t wallow in this. The January 5th Senate double-runoff will soon again bring Pence, former President Barack Obama, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and others to our state, Bluestein said. All we can do is plan and endure. 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So, in theory, self-healing concrete could work in that environment if enough water entered."},{"_id":"5LFPTN42VZBW5LTIVL2B3CMNGQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Structures that could benefit the most from self-healing cement are bridges, parking lots, and basements - all of which get exposed to moisture, Dr. Hintermayer said."},{"_id":"UDOD35U7T5HYRF2H3ZOU3HM54Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Evonik is already working with a constructor who is about to build a parking lot with this revolutionary material. A competing company is procuring a concrete that heals itself with a chemical reaction, rather than with bacteria. But the problem there, Dr. Hintermayer said, is that once the reaction occurs once, it cannot occur again. Another competitor has created a repair mortar with polymers that cure very quickly. But, again, that reaction can only occur once. There is at least one other competitor using bacteria similarly to Dr. Hintermayer."},{"_id":"B7UMJ2JHLJHWJKJF3XJ6EUCS2A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Dr. Hintermayer’s hope is that their product will be ready for the market in the second half of 2021. She said that the initial cost of the concrete is more expensive than traditional material, but its healing abilities save the money over time. She also said that traditional concrete is increasing in cost over time, because, believe it or not, there is a sand shortage. “We’re running out of sand. I’m not kidding you here,” Dr. Hintermayer said. Add that to your “Things I Heard in 2020” list."},{"_id":"BVIYXMFGW5AXRJL6ACQ3CXCV3E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"This self-healing concrete is also better for the environment, because concrete production produces lots of carbon dioxide. This bacteria-infused material heals itself, meaning less concrete production is needed in the long run."},{"_id":"5TBCXT7I5RHGVLJMVHC7OCCJKY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"This infused cement, however, will not necessarily remedy cracks and potholes that form in roads. Asphalt, not cement, is the main material on thoroughfares and bacteria would not survive that high-temperature mixing process. But bridges and sidewalks could see a near-immediate benefit from this regenerative cement."},{"_id":"DZNQUIP25NG6HPSZ6KXPPF46F4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Georgia’s bridges a “C+” grade in its 2019 “Infrastructure Report Card.” By their definition, that means that the state’s bridges are generally in fair or good condition, but require attention and have an increasing vulnerability to risk. Any repair is costly. 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**11:55 am Update**nThe roadway has been reopened nn** 11:25 am Update**nOne southbound lane has been opened to help the...

Posted by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Friday, November 20, 2020

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"Right after you pass the exit to the North Springs MARTA Station, you’ll want to get to the right, if you want to take the Abernathy exit,' Dale explained."},{"_id":"66YULKR6AJGCVGDM7JQ7VZFPWY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796392},"type":"text","content":"One reason the new Abernathy Road exit ramp will be longer is to allow for more traffic to queue up at the traffic light and not interrupt the GA-400/southbound travel lanes."},{"_id":"ZQ6VKEMENVB4HCVOQ44V7BDRNE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796393},"type":"text","content":"Architects and engineers designed the entire I-285/GA-400 interchange to handle the traffic volumes of the 1980s and 1990s, not the 21st century. So that has created bigger backups over the years and the friction that indecision and procrastination both cause."},{"_id":"TDQCJVU33RDMTLHWJGLMWNPBZI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796394},"type":"text","content":"“You have people who take this interchange every day - it’s part of their everyday routine and they still wait until the last minute to make decisions, whether that’s sort of wanting to jockey for that better spot in line or whether they’re not paying attention, maybe they’re on their phone, maybe they’re zoned out,” Dale offered. “What you have is so many problems long term with merging and weaving, which causes accidents, which cause secondary accidents, which cause backups.”"},{"_id":"3NSLNH6PWZCU3H66FODMC33K6U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796395},"type":"text","content":"This new exit ramp to Abernathy Road will do the same as many features in this revamped interchange, Dale said. By forcing drivers to decide to exit earlier, the longer ramp will separate that slower, exiting traffic from the faster through traffic. That eliminates the last minute weaves and merges, thus decreasing the aforementioned crashes and delays."},{"_id":"CVHX7Q3NFZACTHKXDYUFVH2ZPI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796396},"type":"text","content":"The first new major ramp opening in the Transform I-285/GA-400 project a few weeks ago did not go smoothly for many motorists. Crews opened the brand new GA-400/southbound ramp to I-285/eastbound, which starts close to a half-mile before the older one, in the 5 a.m. hour on a Monday. Some drivers did not realize the change and missed the exit. GDOT assessed how that rollout went and felt they could have used more signage, spread the word a bit earlier, and shied away from debuting a new ramp early on the first day of the work week."},{"_id":"LER4BU7T2FFXLEX7K4EUE2DR3I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796397},"type":"text","content":"But, Dale said, they have still decided to open the new southbound exit to Abernathy early on a Monday for a shrewd reason. “The opening of this ramp requires some full closures and some detours surrounding full closures that need to be done over a two-day period. And so we have chosen to do that over the weekend, with the opening being on a Monday morning, rather than having that full detour and a closure on a Monday and Tuesday for a Wednesday opening.”"},{"_id":"BDDMOROLBJFAXF2EER4Y23C6SE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796398},"type":"text","content":"Not every ramp opening in this project is the same. Dale said they take each one on a case-by-case basis to determine the best rollout to motorists. GDOT does know that an early Monday commute change requires multi-faceted messaging. “We will work through y’all to get the message out. We will enhance signage out there to let people know it’s coming.” Dale said. “We will all have eyes on it Monday morning to see how it goes.”"},{"_id":"UKLDUQTDZZFTXOEFAGYRPIZQWU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1605299796399},"type":"text","content":"The WSB Traffic Team will be all over this weekend closure and then the scheduled Monday morning opening on November 23rd. 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Drivers lose their minds when driving in the wet. But Zeta brought heavy rain and high winds. Many area schools and jobs closed for the day, since there were sure to be (and there ending up being) numerous power outages. Travel during heavy wind and rain and in the dark with debris in the road is also very dangerous for those who would actually have to go to a campus."},{"_id":"AW6ZJMIFFVG73HBLNT4IIT7XD4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Marquee weather events make for marquee traffic events and while we hiked and beached on Oahu, the WSB Traffic Team shifted into full game mode. Morning drive WSB Skycopter anchor Smilin' Mark McKay had a unique view, as he led traffic reports on 95.5 FM."},{"_id":"TCWXJOYLIBC4NIH7V7YT53INAM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"“Power in my Buckhead neighborhood went out around 5 a.m., yet I was able to continue with live reporting during Atlanta’s Morning News with Scott Slade, thanks to my condo building’s generator,” McKay recalled. “From my 17th floor vantage point, I could see transformers blowing all across the top of the swaying trees that make up my skyline. The eerie lime green glow was constant and a bit jarring.”"},{"_id":"FQXKCNNPXJFADPCRB3FDK7LDUY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Of course, the WSB Skycopter didn’t take flight that blustery, monsoon-like morning. “The heaviest winds blew into the Metro Atlanta area before dawn and reports of trees doing down added up in a hurry,” McKay said. But the WSB Traffic Team deployed all of its tools - police scanners, sensors on the Triple Team Traffic Alerts App, phones calls from motorists, phone calls to 911 dispatch centers, and social media - to paint the most thorough picture for those that had to travel in the aftermath."},{"_id":"2VET63LK5JAD5A33DIIJX27CQQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Casting that wide net brought in literally dozens of storm-related traffic issues. As winds howled at 50 mph and buckets of rain poured, pools of standing water formed and, of course, wrecks started proliferating. Trees and wires came down knocking out power and blocking roads. “We had our share of huge trees fall on the interstates: one in West Atlanta on I-20/westbound knocking out two right lanes at MLK Junior Drive and one that fell on at least one vehicle on I-985/nb near Spout Springs Road in Hall County,” McKay explained. “The majority of the trees came crashing down in neighborhoods and subdivisions all across North Georgia. It made getting around challenging for a couple of days in some instances.” In fact, Cherokee County had at least three roads impacted with utility work at least four days after the storm."},{"_id":"TQVU4SUZCRCTDPKKLU4PXMWIKM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"McKay finally got a birds eye view from the Skycopter of the swaths of problems the next day. “The morning after the storm in the WSB SkyCopter told the story of the hundreds of thousands who were without power. Neighborhoods that we fly over every day were dark. No house lights, no street lights, no traffic signals. It was a patchwork of the haves and the have nots, with some neighborhoods looking normal in the predawn hours and the others hardly recognizable in the complete darkness.”"},{"_id":"PX2IC3LSPRHEZKXKUPWG2YG3CQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"That phenomenon, in some ways, made covering the storm more challenging. There was widespread damage in pockets - no one area truly got hit the hardest. Everywhere got a little bit. And just as with any storm, there was no time to gather and announce every single road affected. But Ashley Frasca, Mark Arum, Veronica Harrell, Mike Shields, Alex Williams, Zach Grizzle, Jonathan Dockery, and David Hubbard hustled hard to find as many issues as possible and keep a running list on wsbradio.com and our Triple Team Traffic Alerts App."},{"_id":"IKBQRVPSGZFGREN3WW7SRX24MU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And power crews were busy for days, even relying on help from other states, to get homes, businesses, and intersections back online. “Hats off to the power crews who are based here in Georgia and those who came in from adjoining states to help clear debris and get the lights back on,” McKay said. “On Monday, 11/2, we flew over what looked to be a staging area for those crews in the parking lot of the Atlanta Civic Center. 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What you see is the aftermath of the wreck at 316 and Patrick Mill. What you don’t see is the brave men and women of...

Posted by Barrow County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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That unfortunately was costing people their lives.”"},{"_id":"Y57R52T6QBBT5LKOBIHUAVUZEY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"There was a harrowing trend on these newfangled empty roads some six months back. Local law enforcement saw their number of triple digit speeding tickets soar. And we on the WSB Traffic Team counted far less fender benders, but saw a stark rise in the number of bad wrecks."},{"_id":"HS3EZUHT3ZDQLMVSO5IO363LEQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And some haven’t taken the lead from their soles even now that traffic levels have almost returned. This is leading to some horrific crashes in backups, as those carrying high speeds cannot stop in enough time for the queue."},{"_id":"3PIIR6ZVZRDILB3A3SROHYFQDM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"There has also been a proliferation of drag racers and groups that shut down streets to drag race. These stunts put participants and innocent bystanders in danger. And that kind of recklessness certainly can program those same drivers to drive that way in busier conditions."},{"_id":"QAZDPLEJJJCXNIJPDVZKQ2P2MQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"GDOT cannot enforce the law. That is the job of the police. But the state’s transportation officials are not impressed at all with the racing trend. “We build the roads and we want people to respect them,” Dale said, adding, “It’s disrespectful to our roads. It’s disrespectful to taxpayers who are building these roads and maintaining these roads - and our crews.”"},{"_id":"UD5OEEHIERCLBLVH7W36BX6VME","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"But speeding and other reckless driving are not the only factors in Georgia’s surprising highway death rate. Many in such wrecks are not wearing seatbelts. “That is the one of the most shocking things that I see when I look at these [fatality reports],” Dale said. “And in 2020, there’s just not an excuse for that. If you’re getting in a car, whether it is in the front of in the back, whether you’re in your own car, whether you’re in an Uber or a Lyft, you need to buckle up. Because it doesn’t even have to have to do with anything that is going on in your vehicle. There can be an irresponsible driver who hits your car and could cause devastation based on the fact that you were or were not wearing your seatbelt.”"},{"_id":"FRLWZBWIPNEOPE5HEMNDK75YY4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Dale and GDOT aren’t only passionate about encouraging others to click the buckles. “We’ve even launched an internal campaign with our own employees to remind them that if they are out on a job site, if they are in a state vehicle, if they’re in a GDOT vehicle, HEROs, anyone - we want our employees to be safe. Buckle up! We want for our own employees what we want for everyone.”"},{"_id":"KKI5XNKBHBENVI72KVDY3UCG7I","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Many factors beyond our control make driving risky. But we can control how fast we drive, how respectfully we maneuver, and whether or not we wear seat belts. 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That is not something that really is long-term acceptable, as far as how we deliver projects,” GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale shared on the same podcast. “This project has had its fair share of bumps in the road.”  Dale said that bad weather has slowed the timeline, but also, too, has the presence of underground water, gas, electrical, and cable lines. “When we get in the road to do a project and there are unmarked utilities, that can just throw a wrench.” This is another externality of working so tightly in a populated area."},{"_id":"RKCIZ4RIRVG2JDLWTHGOA6MY2E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"But a positive aspect of the project’s delay has been the decision to go ahead and refurbish some bridges in the interchange. “We added scope to this project,” Dale said, explaining that they felt re-doing some bridges in the midst of the other closures would keep them from shutting them down after the main project ends. “You’re getting more bang for your buck, which adds a lengthening to the timeline.”"},{"_id":"KTFALPRHTFCU7KVOVPSIS2OKLI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"One such bridge is Peachtree Dunwoody Road over I-285, which has been reduced from five lanes to three in the super busy “Pill Hill” area. “When that bridge opens up next year...you’ll get two lanes in each direction and a turn lane in each direction,” Dale explained."},{"_id":"7QLMRIRSNRGGVEUUXGDD7ZDL2Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And as different parts of the project open at different times, they don’t always fit together perfectly. For example, one 95.5 WSB listener pointed out to us that the new GA-400/southbound flyover ramp to I-285/eastbound empties into the exit-only lane just before Ashford Dunwoody Road. That forces those drivers to have to jump out of that lane quickly, as others are moving into that lane to exit at Ashford Dunwoody. “The irony is, one of the main goals of the project is to reduce weaving.” Dale said that when the project ends that problem will be resolved."},{"_id":"DBPQZJOCHVECNFLVKKJJY5V54E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Speaking of that new flyover ramp, we documented here how drivers got very confused a couple of weeks ago when the new GA-400/sb to I-285/eb opened and the old one closed without much fanfare or warning. GDOT sent out the press release on Friday, but they believe the decision to debut a new ramp on an early Monday morning was a misstep. “We absolutely - especially on this project - will do better to make sure people have ample warning of some of these milestones. Because we want to celebrate them just like y’all do.”"},{"_id":"D22PIBPT7RAC7BGGHLZI64IHHA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Dale explained this is different from the Express Lanes projects because those were entirely new systems and opened all at once. This I-285/GA-400 project involves a series of components tied into an open system, so they opened a new ramp and closed an old one, hence the confusion. “We’ve gone back to our contractor, our developer and said, ‘We missed the mark. This didn’t work.This is something that should have been celebrated and instead people were left scratching their heads.’”"},{"_id":"AV4GBIBJZZEFVIKUFQJO46CXWY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Situations like ramps opening and closing can easily surprise Sandy Springs drivers and others passing through this zone. Folks also need to know that delays can pop up at any time, especially at night and on weekends. “We need [drivers] to stay prepared, because the more that they know - the more that we can communicate with them what’s going - the less of the inconvenience that their commute can become,” Dale said. Tune in on 95.5 WSB and Channel 2 Action News to plan your ride and run the Triple Team Traffic Alerts App on your phone to hear and see the latest closures."},{"_id":"FIJVZWK2BBEP3CTAQHMHGWRAM4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Dale also urged people to practice caution in the area. Crews often work very close to passing traffic. “Travel like someone you love works there.”"},{"_id":"JXXU4CMVCZFGXMZX74MZYQIBP4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"And once this project ends, GA-400 tolled Express Lanes construction begins in 2022, with I-285 Express Lanes work starting in 2023. So brace yourselves, this overhaul continues for the long haul. Dale summed up the purpose of the whole project well: “We’re addressing conditions pre-COVID, but even the congestion now and the future congestion.”"},{"_id":"VMZY55R6EVED3A7CZIUAHROPKA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[]},"type":"text","content":"Doug Turnbull, the PM drive Skycopter anchor for Triple Team Traffic on 95.5 WSB, is the Gridlock Guy. He also hosts a traffic podcast with Smilin' Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. 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