September 13 – traffic problems, sounds

traffic problems, sounds
chopper overhead, stomach sinks
red lights were northbound

As much as Daniel Boone had his forest craft and could recognize the first signs of problems, I am tuned to the sounds of the city.

As I walked to my car this morning, a helicopter went low overhead from the sounds, I knew it was hovering nearby.

That could mean only one thing.

Traffic problems on I85.

I85, which had just this week been described as the ‘lifeblood of Gwinnett County’ though I bet the county commissioner meant to say, ‘lifeline’.

I85 is my magic carpet ride to downtown Atlanta.

And something had happened on I85.

Something so bad that of all and any traffic issues this morning in the Metro Atlanta area, this issue was worthy of helicopter coverage.

My usual 45 minute drive was not SOUNDING good.

My mind went into TRAFFIC Evaluation mode.

What were my alternate routes?

Had whatever happened filled up the alternative routes?

Where exactly was the problem?

Where was the helicopter?

All this in more was processing through my head as I tentatively approached my entrance to the freeway.

I turned onto Lawrenceville-Suwannee and I had my first view of the freeway.

I exhaled.

As far as I could see were red tail lights.

All going north.

The accident was on the other side of the freeway.

Made it to the office in 37 minutes.

Starting my day and ending my week feeling ahead of the game.

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