SCHOOL TRAFFIC STARTS AGAIN--August 8, 2014 Smyrna,GA Buses leaving Nickajack Elementary School in Cobb County travel on South Cobb Drive Friday afternoon. GDOT data shows that surface street traffic volume increases by about 14 percent when as kids go back to school. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM
Enjoy the commute Tuesday.
Metro Atlanta’s more than 800,000 students begin returning to school the next day, and traffic will begin returning to normal as their parents get back to work.
It’ll start first in the outer suburbs. Nearly 90,000 students go back Wednesday, all of them in school districts outside the Interstate 285 “Perimeter” loop.
Then, Thursday, more more than 400,000 additional students return -- nearly 180,000 of them in Georgia’s biggest school district, Gwinnett County Public Schools, and another 112,000 in the Cobb County School District, the next largest.
Both are just outside the Perimeter, but also returning Thursday is the DeKalb County School District, the state’s third largest with 100,000 students. It straddles the eastern half of the Perimeter, where “Spaghetti Junction” at I-85 to and from Gwinnett is a typical source of slow-downs.
Friday will be more of the same. Then, on Monday, Atlanta will be back in full force to defend its reputation as one of the worst U.S. regions for traffic. The rest of the metro core -- Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County Public Schools and Fulton County Schools, all at least partly within the Perimeter -- will add another 200,000 students.
Finally, Henry County southeast of the Perimeter comes back the next day, Jan. 9, adding its 42,000 students.
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