Augusta officials deal with traffic 'hiccups' on first day of Masters Week

 

Monday’s Masters traffic times were “acceptable,” but engineers and deputies have developed a plan to speed times for the remainder of the week.

Initially, the newly expanded Alexander Drive was not encouraged in the traffic plan.

“We’re concerned that it could back up onto I-20 if it’s not monitored carefully,” Traffic Engineer Steve Cassell said several weeks ago. “It’s going to be on a short leash.”

On Monday, cars from Interstate 20 were directed onto River Watch Parkway, down 15th Street and back up Calhoun Expressway.

When deputies tried to funnel cars down Alexander Drive as traffic backed up, Cassell said drivers had difficulty taking the bait.

“There’s going to be a little more encouragement early on so we don’t get too slammed downtown like we did (Monday) morning,” Cassell said of the plan for Tuesday.

Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said there were several slow areas, including westbound Washington Road. He said adjustments to signal times should help alleviate some of that problem.

Overall, Cassell said, traffic ran relatively smoothly.

“We had some hiccups. It was a Monday morning,” he said.

Engineers keep their eyes on 12 cameras located around the area to determine which areas near Augusta National Golf Club have the most problems.

 

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