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The Georgia State Patrol and Motor Carrier Compliance Division expect a record number of travelers hitting the roadways for the Fourth of July holiday.

This year, the holiday travel period is 102 hours long, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, according to the GSP. Last year, the holiday period was only 30 hours long.

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In a recently published study, researchers at Georgia Tech, Emory and Duke examined pollution levels drivers are exposed to inside their vehicles during rush hour in Atlanta. Counter to their expectations, researchers found that drivers are exposed to a significant amount of dangerous pollutants during those times.

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One of the biggest questions metro Atlantans have had about the opening of SunTrust Park is traffic.

The new 42,000 seat stadium sits at the intersection of two major interstates – I-285 and I-75.

But local officials say they’re prepared.

UPDATE: Massive Fire Crumbles Atlanta Interstate Bridge; None Hurt

Mar 30, 2017
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UPDATE:

A massive fire caused an interstate bridge to collapse during rush hour Thursday in Atlanta, just minutes after witnesses said police halted traffic and turned cars away from the crumbling overpass. However, officials said no one was hurt despite dramatic images of towering flames and plumes of smoke.

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The Atlanta Braves are currently in the basement of MLB standings with only 15 wins this season. The team is banking on their move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County next year to galvanize the fan base. But rising costs to the construction project, along with several money saving cuts to traffic-reducing infrastructure, may only increase the congestion that Cobb County is already notorious for.

We talk with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Dan Klepal and blogger Angie Scmitt of Streetsblog USA about the mounting problems surrounding the controversial stadium project.

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The I-75 corridor connecting Macon and Atlanta is one of the busiest interstates in the country. Trucks travel along the route to carry goods to and from the Port of Savannah. Traffic is expected to double, even triple, in the coming years as the port expands. The state hopes to mitigate congestion and make the interstate safer by building truck-only lanes along 40 miles of I-75. If successful, it’ll be the largest project of its kind in the U.S. and the most expensive, too.