Monday morning is going to be tough, and the Georgia Department of Transportation is taking one more opportunity to provide tips to the traveling public before they head to work.

“Tomorrow morning’s commute will present challenges, so we are asking Atlantans to heed warnings regarding travel delays on Monday and in the coming weeks and to explore alternative routes and transit options,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry said.

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McMurry said that GDOT is working to help alleviate congestion including adjustments to signal timing with 30 engineers. But he added that the public will play a big part in that process. For those that can, GDOT suggests they work from home.

For others who simply can't do that, GDOT is providing updates on road and lane closures at their website. Updates are also available by calling 511.

But GDOT also has several other tips for motorists who take to the roads:

  • Consider public transit as an option: Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Express buses and MARTA offer easy and efficient transit options.
  • For information on other commute options, visit Georgia Commute Options at
  • Use your favorite wayfinding app.
  • Don’t "block the box": Highway traffic has been re-routed to many arterials. So remember, it’s against the law to enter an intersection until you can legally and safely exit on the other side.
  • "Steer it and clear it": If you are involved in a minor traffic incident, safely move vehicles from travel lanes until law enforcement or HERO trucks arrive on the scene to assist.
  • The "Move Over" law: When you see HERO or other emergency response vehicles assisting with an incident, move over to the next lane. If you can’t, slow down to allow responders to safely do their work.

GDOT reports that Cheshire Bridge road saw a 100 percent increase in traffic from its typical 18,900 vehicles a day on Friday. The department is touting that even with the increase and severe congestion, traffic continued moving.

The department is also working to adjust its "incident response strategy" and make sure that HERO operators are available at accident hot spots around I-285 and the Downtown Connector to keep those areas clear.