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I-75, I-85 Shut Down for Ryan Visit

The interstates were closed late Wednesday afternoon from the Atlanta airport to the Cobb Energy Centre, where GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan was appearing at a fundraiser.

One of Atlanta's busiest thoroughfares came to a standstill Wednesday afternoon, but not for the usual rush hour reasons.

Northbound lanes of Interstate 85 from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport through the Downtown Connector and up Interstate 75 to Cobb County were closed down for the arrival of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a fundraiser at the Cobb Energy Centre.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that access to all northbound entrance ramps was shut down along the affected route.

According to 11 Alive, motorists traveling on the Downtown Connector were being urged to use surface streets or alternate routes due to the rolling road block. Only secured vehicles were permitted travel in the Ryan motorcade.

Portions of the blocked-off interstates were being re-opened after the motorcade passed through.

The private fundraiser was scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday and according to the AJC report, costs a minimum $500 per person for a reception, $10,000 for a photo with Ryan and $25,000 to attend a roundtable discussion.

A photograph taken by the Georgia DOT NaviGator traffic website at 6:06 p.m. showed an empty stretch of I-75, just north of West Paces Ferry Road.

The 11 Alive report indicated that southbound lanes along the same route will be shut down after the fundraiser as Ryan heads back to the airport, but no estimated time is available yet.

Geetee Zealot October 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Would someone in the GA house please stop politicians from doing this to us, at least during rush hour?!? Seriously, are they not supposed to serve us?
Ashley D. October 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I had to drive back to Smyrna in this MESS today. I've lived here long enough to not complain about ATL's rush hour traffic, but this was just outrageous...even for Romney/Ryan supporters I think. Just how inconsiderate they have to be to cause such inconvenience for THOUSANDS of working people who just wanted to get home? Ridiculous!
Stacy K October 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I spent 2.5 hours today stuck in all that and I didn't make it to work! Yes, I MISSED a whole night of work because of this. Absolutely ridiculous to inconvenience so many people. I don't understand why it was necessary to block off miles of interstate for ONE man.
Patch October 25, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Seriously I will now not vote for Ryan or Obama for doing this top me twice now. These politicians should land in the middle of the night and have their convention or fundraiser at the new convention center by the airport. Creating a roadblock during rush hour is just stupid planning.
Joany October 25, 2012 at 10:01 PM
How you do anything is how you do everything. Paul Ryan thought it was a good idea to shut down rush hour traffic on one of the busiest sections of Interstate in the U.S. He thought is was okay to cause thousands of people to miss their flights, delay picking their children up at day-care by two hours, or get to their jobs two hours late. Not to mention the thousands of dollars of fuel burnt and air pollution caused by all of those cars idling in traffic for an extra one or two hours. Is this the man we want to trust with planning our budget and making decisions that affect our children, war vets, senior citizens and the disabled? Why didn't the Koch brothers led him some spare cash for a helicopter ride?
Brian October 28, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Stupid. Ryan isn't a president. They should have just surrounded him with police cars and kept things moving.

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