I-85 avoidance + end of spring break = new traffic headaches

Traffic went from bad to worse Monday as spring break ended for area schools.

ATLANTA -- Traffic went from bad to worse Monday as spring break ended for area schools. The I-85 bridge collapse is some sixty days away from being fixed and many motorists experienced that new reality for the first time Monday.

"Lots of cars," mused Sinead Snow, who lives on what should be a quiet, residential street just off of LaVista Road.

"It’s pretty much crazy at all times during the week," said the mother of a two year old.  Her street, in the Sagamore Hills neighborhood, is commonly used as a cut through for motorists trying to bypass LaVista and Clairmont Roads.  The closure of 85 is not helping here.

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"It definitely worsens it because, being a cut through, traffic will back up on Clairmont anyway," she said.  She said her husband left for work extra early Monday to avoid it.

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In Atlanta, the city has begun posting signs designed to keep traffic out of some neighborhoods that the city says aren’t designed to handle cut-through traffic. One such sign appeared in the Lenox Park neighborhood, located in northeast Atlanta off busy Cheshire Bridge Rd.

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Monday, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed ordered suspension of "non-emergency" road construction in areas impacted by the I-85 closure between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays.

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