ATLANTA Travel Advisory I-85 Bridge Collapse


ATLANTA, Ga. (March 31, 2017) – Motorists traveling through Georgia are being asked to avoid I-85 in Northeast Atlanta, as the highway is closed in both directions. A section of the northbound I-85 overpass collapsed Thursday night, near Piedmont Road.

Investigators blame the collapse on a fire that broke out underneath the overpass. Troopers responded to the fire and stopped traffic before the collapse occurred. As a result, no injuries were reported.

Officials have since determined that southbound sections of I-85, and possibly other adjacent sections, were damaged in the fire and would need to be replaced. According to Georgia DOT, it will take several months of construction before the roadway will be open to traffic.. Click here to read the full report.

“This couldn't come at a worse time as thousands of vacationers plan to hit the roadways this weekend to begin their spring break. In addition, the Braves have a soft opening Sun Trust Park tonight, which could prove to be a traffic nightmare for those fans traveling to the ballpark.” said Garrett Townsend, Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “ It will be crucial for all motorists in the area to plan ahead. Those who have staycation plans next week should be sure to review alternate routes before taking to the roadways.”

Road Closures

Both north and southbound lanes of I-85 are now closed from the I-75 connector to GA 400. See detour maps below. Authorities say there is no timetable on when the bridge will be repaired. Some other surrounding roads are also reportedly closed, so motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.

GDOT has confirmed the following road closures: 

  • I-85 Northbound between I-75 and GA 400
  • I-85 Southbound between GA 400 and I-75
  • Buford Hwy Conn (SR 13) Northbound between midtown and Sidney Marcus
  • Buford Hwy Conn SB between the I-85 flyover and Piedmont Rd
  • Piedmont Rd NB closed at Cheshire Br
  • Piedmont Rd SB closed at Buford Hwy Conn

Alternative Route Information

If Atlanta is not their final destination, travelers are asked to completely avoid coming into the city. All thru traffic should take I-285 around the city. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) encourages motorists to use alternate routes and visit 511 for the latest travel information.

AAA recommends motorists avoid traveling near this area. If driving cannot be avoided, reduce your speed, keep calm and do the following:

  • Check traffic conditions through local media outlets before heading out.
  • Always travel with a cell phone and car charger.
  • Have a full tank of gas.
  • Road closures also apply to our tow truck drivers as safety is the key for everyone.
  • If you find yourself in an unsafe situation, please contact law enforcement.

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