ATLANTA -- A collision between two cars on Piedmont Road caused massive delays Tuesday afternoon. The road has seen an increase in traffic ever since a fire brought down part of I-85 Thursday evening.
Atlanta police said the crash that happened at Lakeshore Drive and Piedmont Rd. SB, had no injuries. But still, the investigation, coupled with an increase in drivers routing around road closures lead the delays.
In a welcomed change this morning, one lane of of Piedmont Road was opened going northbound and all lanes heading southbound were opened ahead of the commute.
This week's traffic is only a precursor of what's to come next week. Atlanta Public Schools are on spring break this week so next week is expected to be a truer test of what traffic will be like without a key section of the state's major interstate.
Over the weekend, Midtown and Buckhead surface streets felt the stress of an increase in volume. Cheshire Bridge Road has become a very popular new route for traffic. The Georgia Department of Transportation reports a 122 percent increase in traffic on that one road. Cheshire Bridge has increased from 18,000 vehicles a day to 40,000 a day since the collapse.
Because of spring break, school buses are not a part of the mix yet.
The surface street congestion is expected to continue this weekend and despite it all, the Dogwood Festival said they will go ahead as planned. Festival officials said Monday they are offering increased shuttle service from the Arts Center and Midtown MARTA stations for the event, set for Piedmont Park from April 7-9.
Construction on the I-85 bridge is expected to be completed by the middle of June. The Georgia Department of Transportation said the project should only take about 10 weeks and said demolition will be wrapped up this week.