You have a week to decide: how will you navigate traffic during Masters Week?
There are some changes to the roads this year. News 12's Kristen Cosby is on your side with how to manage the mess.
If you've lived in the area for even one Masters, you know you'd better start the week off with a plan.
Experts tell me if you have to travel Washington Road, allow an extra hour of driving time.
If you take another road, allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes.
But the main question is which route should you take.
The traffic cameras are up.
So are the signs...and what they bring with them, most of us dread.
"A nightmare. It's not even traffic, it's just a big, huge parking lot," says resident Lynn Parsons.
Professional driver Terry Stewart, who logs 300 miles a week in his truck, has already planned for how he'll get around Masters Week.
"You have to go the back roads and you have to go out when everybody else is coming in," he says.
So how did Stewart learn this?
"Being in the wrong place at the wrong time," he says.
Vonda Everett with the Department of Transportation says your best bet for navigating is to listen to the radio on your drive. The D.O.T. monitors their cameras all week and will warn the media of trouble spots.
To make things easier, the construction on Interstate 20 will end this Friday and pick back up again the Monday after Masters.
"I-20 shouldn't create too much of a problem. We still have four lanes of traffic open, we had 4 to begin with," Everett says.
But these barriers on 1-20 could create a problem.
If an accident happens, they prevent rescue crews from getting to the scene quickly...so we could be looking at a standstill.
The D.O.T. says they have planned an alternate route if this happens.
But some have an alternate route already.
"We just try to stay out in the Martinez/Evans area and not even go downtown," says Parsons.
But most of us have to drive, at least to work.
Richmond County's traffic engineer told us the best ways to take.
It you're traveling from Columbia County to Augusta or North Augusta, your best bet is to take 520 all the way, or take I-20 to River Watch Parkway.
If you're coming from North Augusta into Augusta, take Martintown Road to 13th Street. This plan is better than taking Gordon Highway because the bridge construction there will not be stopping for Masters Week.
What if you live in Augusta and need to get somewhere?
The best advice: avoid Washington Road at all costs.