Georgia DOT give contingency plans to cope with traffic during Super Bowl weekend

Press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation

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With the additional traffic expected on metro Atlanta roads and interstates leading up to Super Bowl Sunday and through to Monday post-game, Georgia DOT will publish daily traffic reports to highlight traffic trends, patterns, and performance metrics provided by Georgia DOT’s Regional Traffic Operations Program.

ATLANTA – As expected, traffic volumes are quickly increasing throughout metro Atlanta as we head into Super Bowl LIII Weekend.

Within the past 24 hours, traffic volumes on Atlanta’s roadways and interstates increased by 25 percent, compared to the same time in a normal week. Specifically in the immediate downtown event area, the number of vehicles on the streets increased by 13 percent.

Despite more vehicles on our roadways, they are still able to get through traffic lights in a timely manner. Speed is relatively consistent.

While these numbers are in good standing as of late, Georgia DOT expects to see them significantly drop as more vehicles enter Atlanta’s transportation network – while at the same time – more lane closures will go into effect due to major events happening in the city, said Matt Glasser, Georgia DOT’s Regional Traffic Operations Program manager.

“We should expect that to get worse as we move into the weekend,” he said. “There will be a large number of events taking place – much larger than what we had during the week.”

What’s Ahead
More than 40 events are scheduled for Friday, including the Friday Night Party at the Georgia World Congress Center and Shaq’s Fun House at Battery Park. These increases in events will result in a considerable surge of vehicles and pedestrians.

During Friday evening rush hour, there will be a lane shift on Northside Drive to allow bus drop-offs for a number of events. Significant lane and road closures include:

  • MLK Jr. Drive SW is closed between Northside Drive NW and Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW until Friday, February 8.
  • There is a continuous single lane closure on Northside Drive NW southbound until Saturday, Feb. 2 to allow for contractors to build a security fence surrounding the perimeter of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in preparation for the game.
  • From 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 until 5 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4, there is a full closure of Northside Drive NW between Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. and MLK Jr. Drive SW.
  • On Northside Drive NW after Game Day, one southbound lane will be closed during the day and two southbound lanes will be closed nightly until Thursday, Feb. 7. These continuous closures will be in place to allow contractors to breakdown and remove the security fence.

Helpful Resources
For more information on lane closures and restrictions, traveler safety, helpful resources and to see how Georgia DOT is working to make travel easier for the Super Bowl, for more information visit: www.dot.ga.gov/DriveSmart/Pages/SpecialEvents.aspx.

To ease Super Bowl traffic congestion in and around metro Atlanta, GDOT has restricted construction-related lane closures on interstate highways through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. For details about GDOT and City of Atlanta Super Bowl-related lane and road closures and detours – including Northside Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW –  visit www.atlsuperbowl53.com. For up-to-date information about travel conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, call 511 or visit www.511ga.org before heading out. Callers can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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