“Don’t Use Your GPS” Augusta Traffic and Engineering Heads Tips on Navigating Masters Traffic

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AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – Masters Week is here and that means traffic changes on Washington Road.

“It’s heavy,” said Tiandrea Walker, who lives near Washington Road.

“A lot of extra people, a lot of extra cars,” said Ramon Alvarado, who lives near Washington Road.

“It’s tough, Masters Week,” said Milton Burroughs, who lives near Washington Road.

The Masters Tournament is back at full capacity, as is traffic on Washington Road.

“So we’ve got a lot of different traffic control devices in place for this week,” said John Ussery, deputy traffic and engineering manager.

That means orange traffic cones, message boards and new traffic signs in place this week. Augusta traffic and engineering department assistant manager John Ussery says it’s to help guide visiting customers.

He says, “We have cones on Washington Road, Berckman Road and Alexander. We just want to make sure that when you approach the golf course, you are on the right lane. So the messages on the bulletin board and some of the overhead signs tell you where you need to go and then once you get to where you need to go the cones will keep you on track and then we’ll get you where you need to go. have to go. to park.”

This Masters circulation plan has been in the works for five months. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Augusta National Golf Club, and Jacob’s Engineering are just a few things working together to help customers and residents of Augusta get from point A to point B .

“The amount of traffic increases a bit during Masters Week, and the traffic pattern is different during a normal day,” Ussery said.

Ussery normally says about 50,000 people travel Washington Road each day, but with Masters customers in town, that number jumps to around 80,000, and some people have found ways to navigate it.

“As long as I stay in the right lane where it doesn’t turn into the Masters, it’s fine,” said Kenneth Hughes, who lives off Washington Road.

“We’re trying to go down Calhoun or down Walton Way,” said Milton Burroughs, who lives near Washington Road.

Others are still trying to figure it out.

“I didn’t expect so much traffic,” Walker said.

But Ussery says the best thing drivers can do in the coming days is to find detours around Washington and Alexander Roads and Riverwatch Parkway from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. But there’s one other thing that Ussery says will save you traffic headaches.

Ussery says, “Don’t use your GPS. Your GPS will tell you to do something that we’re probably not going to allow you to do this week and you’ll be stuck somewhere you don’t want to be.

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