Keeping traffic flowing for Masters weekend

Friday, April 12, 2019
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RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We all know a lot of traffic comes with Masters week. Tomorrow roads could be packed even more for the last 2 days of the tournament.

"We see what will work and what won't work so we're always trying to implement different things to make it quicker, faster and better," said Sgt. Mark Chestang, with the RCSO traffic division.

It's bumper to bumper traffic.

“You have to figure when you have all these thousands of cars leaving at once, there's going to be a little bit of wait time," said Chestang.

The Richmond County deputies are trying to make it a little less stressful.

Chestang says making their traffic plan for Masters week took months.

"It's pretty much set in stone, we just adjust it or tweak it based off what traffic engineers see in the traffic command center or what we see out here in the streets," said Chestang.

This weekend they're prepared for even more cars on the road with 40 extra deputies but they'll have some help.

"Masters week, we all come together, we're a team and you have to have a team to accomplish the mission and that's our priority, the mission first,” said Chestang.

The biggest obstacle they've faced so far this week isn't the traffic but the rain.

"When you have the rain, or they close the course, you get the mass exodus all at one time so it's a lot harder to get all that traffic out," said Chestang.

But rain or shine, these deputies are out here directing traffic.

"This is a lot of traffic, a lot of responsibility, but these guys get the job done," said Chestang.

Working 11 to 15 hour days just to make sure this ride is as smooth as possible. Chestang says there are some ways around the traffic.

"Instead of sitting 30 minutes in line to get out on Washington Road, and then another 30 minutes, if they would turn and go right down to the end of Eisenhower in the evening, it will dump you onto Riverwatch," said Chestang.

A good piece of advice to dodge some of that traffic is to just know the access from Eisenhower to Riverwatch Parkway usually doesn't open up until after 4 in the afternoon when deputies have the cones in place.