Traffic already was likely to be a bit rough for the morning commute with showers and thunderstorms in the weather forecast. But Alpharetta's Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will wreak havoc with trafic starting at 6 a.m. Friday.
The city sent out a traffic alert today, Dec. 5 warning of heavy traffic delays in downtown Alpharetta on Dec. 6. The alert goes so far as to advise motorists to avoid any travel through dowtown Alpharetta on Friday.
" Several roadways in that area will be closed due to a special event. The road closures will be in place throughout the day, including during the morning and evening commute hours," Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said in the traffic alert.
The following closures will be in effect beginning at 6 a.m.:
- Milton Avenue between State Route 9 / Main Street and Roswell / Canton Street
- Old Roswell Street from Jones Avenue to Milton Avenue
- Old Canton Street from Milton Avenue to Canton Street
Street closure starting at 4 p.m.:
- Academy Street from Haynes Bridge Road to State Route 9 / Main Street
"Due to these closures and traffic generated by people
coming to the event, heavy delays are anticipated through and around Downtown
Alpharetta," Drinkard said.
The traffic alert also warns of higher than normal congestion should be expected on State Route 9 (Main Street), Old Milton Parkway and Mayfield Road.
Check out the map of the planned closures and recommended detours that accompanies this story.