Atlanta's traffic nightmare: Back-to-School is here!



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SCHOOL TRAFFIC STARTS AGAIN--August 8, 2014 Smyrna,GA Buses leaving Nickajack Elementary School in Cobb County travel on South Cobb Drive. GDOT data show surface street traffic volume increases by about 14 percent when kids return to school. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

For working parents and just about any commuter, summer can be a lovely thing.


A break from the rigid schedule of pickups and dropoffs at school. A break for family vacations. A (slight) break from gridlock on metro Atlanta’s notorious thoroughfares.

Well, that break is about to end.

Most metro districts return to school by early August, starting with Cobb County on July 31. 

Major road arteries should return to rush hour red on Internet maps by Aug. 7, when some of the biggest districts, including Gwinnett County, re-open their doors.

By then, school buses and the parents of well over 700,000 students will have resumed their normal driving routines.


As you savor these last weeks of summer bliss (air conditioning assumed), here’s a convenient list of the back-to-school dates for 17 metro districts.

(Click the links to see more 2017-18 calendar details for each school district.)

Atlanta: Aug. 1

Buford: Aug. 3

Cobb County: July 31

Decatur: Aug. 1

Henry County: July 31

Marietta: Aug. 3

Newton County: July 28

Comment balloon 1 commentJohn H. Mason • August 07 2017 05:46PM
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