This past month I had the opportunity to cover the city of Loganville meeting for my Managing Editor, David Clemons, who had been working diligently on getting our Visions progress edition laid out and to the press.
I have to be honest, I stay away from Loganville when I can.
Don't get me wrong, I love the city — especially now that there is a Barberitos — and I graduated from Loganville High School, but something has gotten a bit out of control: the traffic.
If you can manage to only drive into Loganville between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m., you’re fine; other than that, plan on sitting in traffic and waiting at light after light.
I know patience is a virtue; I hear it from my father all of the time, but when I get stuck at the red light across from QuikTrip on Lawrenceville Road for 45 minutes, I want to burn and stomp on that virtue.
Loganville is growing, and the council is well aware of the issues with traffic. Even Skip Baliles, chairman of the city's planning and development committee, has been quoted saying, “Yes, the traffic is going to get worse, but the city is growing and that is what is to be expected when businesses move to the area.”
Unfortunately, Baliles is right, and the traffic is only going to get worse when more big box stores begin moving into the area, bringing more people to shop to the city.
One person even took it upon herself to leave a review on the city's Facebook page after the traffic light at U.S. 78 and Georgia 20 had gone out and there was no one to help direct traffic during the busiest time of the day — the morning commute.
I'm eager to see how Loganville plans on combating the long traffic lines once more businesses begin coming to the area, and I wonder if the wait time to make it from right in front of Kroger to right in front of Walmart will lengthen to over an hour, because as it sits now, during the evening commute home, it's already reaching the 30- to 45-minute mark.
Until that time comes, I suggest learning the many different routes you can take on the back roads of Loganville — some of which are quite beautiful — but just know that at some point, you're going to have to sit and wait.
So, make sure you’re gassed up and ready to go with a couple of snacks when heading to Loganville, you can thank me later.