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Sandy Springs Residents Worry About Braves Stadium Traffic

Traffic moves slowly on Interstate 75 North, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
Traffic moves slowly on Interstate 75 North, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
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Sandy Springs residents are worried traffic’s going to get a lot worse when the Atlanta Braves move to neighboring Cobb County.

At a forum Wednesday night, many weren’t comforted by state and local plans to address the traffic.

In the Riverwood High School auditorium, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul listed off some of things that could be done to prevent the area from becoming one big traffic jam on game days.

Among them were temporary exit ramps off the interstates. The state may also consider making a route one way only during game traffic.

“We’re trying to get little bitty solutions along the way that add up to a significant improvement,” Paul said.

But many in the audience of about two hundred people felt like the efforts were too little too late.

“We didn’t hear any solutions that are going to happen before opening day in 2017,” said Sandy Srpings resident Howard Austin.

Many who stood up during the forum said there should have been a traffic plan in place before the Braves even started construction in Cobb County.

Paul said some of the traffic-calming efforts could happen in the next couple years, if not before opening day.

Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott, a Georgia Department of Transportation board member and two state lawmakers joined Paul in taking residents’ questions. 

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