Consider an alternate route through Flowery Branch on Saturday, Aug. 4, if you’re traveling near the Falcons complex — it’s going to be packed.
The Flowery Branch Police Department is warning travelers to avoid Atlanta Highway near the complex east of downtown from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. because of the Falcons’ military appreciation day.
“The Falcons are expecting high numbers in attendance for their training camp tomorrow,” the department posted on Facebook.
Flowery Branch police are asking drivers to use an alternative route if possible to avoid adding to traffic. Police will be on hand to direct traffic at the complex.
Flowery Branch officer Matthew Mahathey said the Falcons are expecting about 4,500 visitors Saturday and will be using charter buses to bring some people into the complex.
For those just passing through Flowery Branch on their way to Oakwood or points south, Mahathey said to stay on Thurmon Tanner Parkway on the other side of Interstate 985.
“If somebody needs to be on Atlanta Highway there, a good alternate route would be come out Spout Springs to Hog Mountain, and then take Hog Mountain to Falcon Parkway and turn right (before the complex),” he said.
Traffic is usually backed up both directions on Falcon Parkway, he said, so give yourself plenty of time to turn before getting caught in the line to the complex regardless of which direction you’re traveling.
Fans have been flocking to the complex for its public practices for the past few days, and military appreciation day Saturday promised to be the busiest public practice so far.