Augusta Prepares for Masters Traffic; 80,000 Cars Expected

Augusta Prepares for Masters Traffic; 80,000 Cars Expected (Image 1)

As patrons make their way into the Garden City, they'll pump more money into the local economy.

But more people in Augusta, also means more traffic on the roads.

City engineers have worked out a deal with railroad companies to keep their rail cars from crossing over Augusta between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. next week. So while you may not see many trains next week, you'll certainly see plenty of cars.

Around 80,000 cars will hit the roads during Masters Week.

And to keep traffic moving, city engineers have set up a command center at Westside High where they'll keep an eye out for accidents.

If they spot one, they'll dispatch crews from the D-O-T or HERO units.

“We'll be here Monday morning and through Sunday night and traffic is already building up so it's an exciting time,” said City Engineer, Steve Cassell.

Now if you are in town, here are some traffic changes you need to know:

  • Starting Monday, the exit ramps from I-20 onto Washington Road will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Traffic will be re-routed to Riverwatch Parkway
  • The southbound lane of Berckmans Road will be one way from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“We're not really changing much from last year. We don't have any construction like we've had in the past 4 years. We are finally glad to have 1 plan and hopefully it will carry on for a few more years,” said Cassell.

The cameras can also help catch scalpers. 

Richmond County investigators will have more deputies on the course and near the Augusta National to direct traffic.

They're going to pull resources from Columbia County and the Georgia State Patrol.

“It's a challenge. We'll work about 100 hours. It's tiring but we'll get ready again to do it next year,” said Cassell.

City engineers are looking to re-align Berckmans Road in the next few years which should improve traffic flow.

This year, for the first time, traffic engineers are using social media to provide real time traffic updates.

You can click LIKE on the A-R-C Traffic page on Facebook, or follow ARC Traffic on Twitter

These updates will continue even after Masters Week has ended.

You can also get a live look at traffic on this website

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