ATLANTA - Traffic across metro Atlanta was bumper-to-bumper in some areas Monday as thousands returned to the city from spring break.
Over the past week, the I-85 bridge collapse has caused headaches for drivers, and it’s only expected to get worse with more drivers on the road.
Mayor Kasim Reed, on Friday, told drivers to expect their commute time to be 30 percent longer Monday morning and to make sure they leave home with a full tank of gas.
“Monday is not going to be business as usual. And if you get in a car to go to work on the north side of the city without a full tank of gas, you are really putting yourself in jeopardy,” Reed said.
Reed encouraged companies to offer flexible work hours or give employees the option to work from home.
City of Atlanta offices delayed opening until 10 a.m. for non-essential employees.
Atlanta Public Schools altered its bus and drop-off schedules to help with the congestion.
GDOT is offering commuters money to find a new way to work, including taking MARTA.
Triple Team Traffic stayed with you throughout the morning on Channel 2 Action News to guide you through your commute.
A lack of major accidents helped traffic flow smoothly. Some people reported a longer than normal commute, but it appeared that many people heeded GDOT and the mayor's warnings.
MARTA's parking lots filled up as the morning went along, keeping many cars off the road.
We talked to a Red Cross volunteer who has to drive in three times a week from Gwinnett County.
"Coming down 85 wasn't bad wasn't too bad, but got off at Cheshire Bridge and since then it's been jigging and jogging, car to car, traffic,” Donna Anderson said.
One thing that kept traffic moving on many of the surface streets was Atlanta police officers stationed at intersections all over Buckhead and midtown helping keep them clear of backed-up cars.
They were out starting at 5:30 a.m. and will be back again for the afternoon commute, and be back every day until they are hopefully no longer needed.
REAL-TIME MARTA PARKING UPDATES
Last week, MARTA parking lots filled up quickly as commuters jumped on the option to avoid some of the traffic, so this week MARTA opened 12,000 extra parking spots.
The transportation agency created a new website, where you can check on parking lot capacities in real-time.
Here is the current parking situation at MARTA stations:
|North Springs||Lot Full|
|Sandy Springs||Lot Full|
|Dunwoody||Deck1 Lot Open|
|Deck2 Lot Open|
|Medical Center||Lot Full|
|Brookhaven||Front Lot Open|
Back Lot Open
|Lindbergh Center||Lot Open|
|College Park||West Lot Full|
East Lot Full
|Arts Center||Lot Full|
|Oakland City||Lot Full|
|South Lot Full|
|West End||North Lot Open|
|Lakewood||West Lot Full|
|East Lot Open|
|East Point||Lot Full|
|Candler Park||Lot Full|
|Inman Park||North Lot Full|
|South Lot Open|
|Kensington||Paid Lot Open|
|Front Lot Open|
Help us help you navigate through traffic. DO NOT BLOCK THE BOX. Pack your patience and let's work together to keep everyone moving.— Atlanta Police Dept (@Atlanta_Police) April 10, 2017
Large brush fire along I-85 SB at 316 and along woods north of Pleasant Hill Rd pic.twitter.com/kbBoX3xSYn— Gwinnett Police Dept (@GwinnettPd) April 10, 2017
Traffic: STREET OBSTRUCTION @ PARK BRIDGE PKWY/BELLFLOWER DR/— ADPS 911 Traffic (@ADPS911Traffic) April 10, 2017
OK Atlanta drivers - I'm curious. How was your drive to work this morning?— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Traffic on Piedmont sb starting to get heavy again from Lindbergh to 85. pic.twitter.com/vlLvvbEeRG— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Not bad on 400 sb exiting onto Sydney Marcus or onto 85 nb. pic.twitter.com/Id3V665sEd— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Cobb Co: Crash off to the right on I-75/sb at the ramp to I-285/sb. Traffic behind is jammed starting at Chastain Rd. #ATLtraffic— Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) April 10, 2017
Traffic on Buford-Spring getting by collapse site OK. It's the getting onto the Buford-Spring that's bad. pic.twitter.com/HI3LUGoStB— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Traffic 85 nb and sb the worst in area of collapse. That's all people going to use the Buford-Spring conn. pic.twitter.com/KsmdcZbdUL— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Piedmont sb actually improved from earlier. pic.twitter.com/SPbs22gvMJ— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Buford Spring Conn heavy both directions pic.twitter.com/nXQUEKDMJU— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) April 10, 2017
Worst I've seen is NB traffic coming off the Connector onto 85 and Buford-Spring nb. 75/85 nb backed before I-20. pic.twitter.com/vJTFDZVru3— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Some of the worst surface street traffic is SB Cheshire Br approaching Piedmont intersection. pic.twitter.com/i81hcntrNe— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Just about a full house on the Buford-Spring Connector. Very slow off both 85 nb and sb. pic.twitter.com/3oEnP5HNN8— Jason Durden (@JasonDurdenWSB) April 10, 2017
Fulton Co: Already a full house on GA-400/sb out of Alpharetta. Delays from Old Milton Pkwy past Holcomb Bridge Rd. #ATLtraffic— Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) April 10, 2017
Cobb Co: WSB #ATLtraffic Troopers clock 21 minutes on 75/sb from Glade Rd to I-285. Also, I-575/sb already slow out of Cherokee County.— Triple Team Traffic (@WSBTraffic) April 10, 2017
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