Sandy Springs Braces for Braves Traffic Impact

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party The Atlanta Braves play the first game in their new stadium Friday, and the City of Sandy Springs will be paying close attention to how traffic flows to SunTrust Park. The stadium sits in Cobb County, but Sandy Springs is just over the nearby Fulton County line.Like us on FacebookSandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said the city already has more than 30 electronic counters out measuring traffic in the area to get benchmark reading. Once the season starts, “We’ll continue doing the testing both while they’re in at home playing and when they’re away so we can kind of figure out how much real impact the Braves traffic really does have on our community,” Paul said.Last year, Cobb County put out a game-day plan that routed a lot of the traffic through Sandy Springs. That did not sit well with Mayor Paul, and there were hastily-called meetings to smooth things over.No matter the recommended route to SunTrust Park, Paul still anticipates more traffic, and that could mean more of his city’s resources have to be devoted to helping people get to the ballpark.“If we need to be compensated for our services, it’s not going to come through any taxes or revenues that the Braves generate in Sandy Springs,” Paul said. “So we’ll have to have that conversation.”The team scheduled its latest transportation update for Monday morning.The Braves will face the New York Yankees in an exhibition game Friday. It starts at 7:35 p.m. The first regular home game is April 14. Related Stories Add to My List In My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings Sharelast_img