Holiday traffic building through downtown Atlanta

5:33 PM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
Holiday traffic on the Downtown Connector Wednesday afternoon (GDOT)
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation officials have been warning people about heavy traffic on Wednesday afternoon for awhile. Now, it's finally here.

Wednesday afternoon's rush hour is traditionally one of the biggest ones of the year as thousands of people leave work early and hit the roads to head out on holiday vacations.

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Overhead signs on Metro Atlanta's interstates have warned motorists of the heavy traffic. As of 4:30 p.m., the southbound Downtown Connector, southbound I-85 through lower Buckhead, the entire northern arc of the Perimeter - from I-20 on the west side to the Stone Mountain Freeway - and both directions of Interstate 20 east of Atlanta are seeing heavy traffic.

Additional heavy traffic can also be found on I-75 both north and south of Atlanta as well as on I-85 near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Drivers are advised to pack a lot of patience as they hit the roads.

Traffic is expected to run heavily across all the metro area highways through at least 6 p.m.

At Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, security lines at all three checkpoints are running less than ten minutes. No delays are being reported on travel into or out of Atlanta by the FAA. They are saying the only delays across the nation this afternoon are into and out of the New York City and Boston area airports.

As always, travelers should contact their airline before heading to the airport.

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