Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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The fast track to rebuilding Atlanta's I-85 bridge By Chandler McCormack O n March 30, the nation breathed a collec- tive sigh of relief when no deaths or injuries were reported in the rush-hour fire and subsequent collapse of the Atlanta I-85 bridge. The quarter-million vehicles that use the corridor daily would have to be absorbed by other already-congested routes, creating a challenging scenario for commuters and businesses throughout the metro area. In a city that ranks eighth in the nation for traffic congestion, the question on everyone's mind was, "How long will the corridor be closed?" The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) estimated that the rebuild would take at least several months. The fire caused extensive damage in both directions, collapsing 100 feet of the northbound lanes. Seven hundred feet of elevated highway would have to be demolished and rebuilt. The bridge reconstruction would be no small undertaking, and for Atlanta it seemed the road ahead was going to be long and slow. Rising up 185 MAY : JUNE 2017 — COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION

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