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Posted: Tuesday, February 11th 2014 at 8:39am

Re-routed truckers could impact traffic in Commerce, Athens

By Ken Stanford Staff
EMAIL STORY CONTACT EDITOR PRINT
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This map, provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, shows the detours for trucks headed south on I-85 through northeast Georgia. (Click to enlarge)
ATLANTA - The Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) of the Georgia Department of Public Safety has developed a contingency plan for keeping large trucks off the Atlanta Interstate Highway System, including I-285.

Truckers headed south on I-85 out of South Carolina would detour onto U.S. 441 at Banks County and head south through Athens to connect with I-16 and then westward through central Georgia to access I-75 and I-85

In particular, MCCD is reminding truckers that thru-truck-traffic is not allowed inside the I-285 perimeter of Atlanta unless there is a pick-up or delivery to or from a shipper physically located inside I-285; going to or from a repair facility for service which is physically located inside I-285; or a driver going to or from their residence located inside the perimeter.

Per the Department of Public Safety's contingency plan, these strategic routes will be used to re-route non-Atlanta bound commercial truck traffic around metro Atlanta:

From I-85 south, traffic will be re-routed at US 441 (exit 149) south towards Athens and continuing toward I-20.

From I-20, traffic should continue south on US 441 to Dublin to get to I-16.

From I-20, traffic should continue south on US 441 to Highway 129 south to Macon.

From I-20, traffic should continue south on Highway 83 and west from Monticello on Highway 16 past Jackson to I-75. Continue on Highway 16 west past Griffin and Senoia to I-85.

On I-75 south, traffic will be re-routed at Exit 317 near Calhoun to take Highway 53 south toward Rome. From Rome, continue on Highway 27 south through Cedartown and Buchanan and Highway 27 will cross I-20 at exit 11. Continue south to Carrollton and take Highway 16 southeast to pick up I-85. Continue south toward LaGrange on I-85 to pick up I-185. From Highway 16, travel east past I-85 toward Griffin to pick up I-75.

A further alternate route will be to take I-20 west to Augusta. From Augusta, take Highway 25 south past Waynesboro, Millen and Statesboro to pick up I-16 and travel east to I-95. From I-95, travel south toward Brunswick, continuing past Kingsland into Florida where traffic can pick up I-10 west from Jacksonville. -

See more at: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/alternate-truck-route/#sthash.OJLeIiz0.dpuf
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