SCHOOL TRAFFIC STARTS AGAIN--August 8, 2014 Smyrna,GA Buses leaving Nickajack Elementary School in Cobb County travel on South Cobb Drive. GDOT data show surface street traffic volume increases by about 14 percent when kids return to school. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM
For working parents and just about any commuter, summer can be a lovely thing.
A break from the rigid schedule of pickups and dropoffs at school. A break for family vacations. A (slight) break from gridlock on metro Atlanta’s notorious thoroughfares.
Well, that break is about to end.
Most metro districts return to school by early August, starting with Cobb County on July 31.
Major road arteries should return to rush hour red on Internet maps by Aug. 7, when some of the biggest districts, including Gwinnett County, re-open their doors.