My normal 15-20 minutes to drive the 9 miles from work to home turned into 70 minutes today. I don't know what the DeKalb County Fire Department (including a HazMat truck) were doing at Shallowford Plaza, and especially why it required that one fire truck sit in one of the two lanes for west-bound traffic on Shallowford Road, as they were cleaning up when I finally got to that point. After inching along for 50 minutes, I was just glad to be able to accelerate to the speed limit.
And why didn't I take an alternate route? Well, Atlanta's lack of a gridded road system makes that a little hard, plus I was sure (until getting past the first major intersection) that I knew what the problem was, as they've been messing with the timing of that traffic light. I was 15 minutes getting past that light one day last week, when it's normally a cycle or two. And once past the light and still in the bumper-to-bumper traffic, there were no good options except to keep going.