How the I-85 closure will affect your commute

7:41 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 Traffic
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April 3, 2017 Atlanta: Monday morning, April 3, 2017, as commuters adjusted their routes to compensate for the gaping hole in I-85, the sight of an empty I-85 just north of the collapse was also eerie. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Update: Atlanta’s I-85 bridge in Buckhead has been reopened by GDOT officials nearly a month ahead of schedule. I-85 northbound lanes opened on Friday, May 12 and I-85 southbound lanes opened on Saturday, May 13.

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Cars are backed up as they opened the closed portion of the damaged northbound lanes of I-85 Friday, May 12, 2017. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Update: The reopening of the Atlanta I-85 bridge in Buckhead will require some overnight lane closures before the weekend, according to state officials.

GDOT advised drivers on Thursday to plan ahead and reduce their speed.

I-85 is expected to reopen by Monday, May 15.Here is the GDOT’s construction schedule:

GDOT prepares to reopen I-85 in Atlanta

Update: Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that I-85 will reopen by Monday, May 15, at least a full month ahead of the original June 15 deadline.

I-85 has been closed in Buckhead since March 30.

The site of the interstate collapse will open Monday, or even sooner.

Update: Georgia Department of Transportation reopened Piedmont Road under I-85 Wednesday morning, April 26.

Update: The work to rebuild the I-85 bridge will require Piedmont Road to be closed for 24 hours, officials said.  Continuous lane closures on Piedmont in the construction area will take place from 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 25 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Here is an interactive map of I-85 road closures, detours and alternate routes:

State officials also announced rebuilding a collapsed section of I-85 in Atlanta will cost taxpayers up to $16.6 million.

Update: If you thought the aftermath of I-85 collapse traffic wasn’t that bad, you may be in for a rude awakening on Monday, April 10. The time it takes drivers to commute to work Monday morning may increase by 30 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed warned Friday that traffic after I-85 collapse will be worse as drivers who have been on spring break return to the metro Atlanta area.

Gwinnett County Transit announced county- and state-run buses will take passengers directly to and from MARTA's Chamblee and Doraville stations.

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Update: Officials reopened the left lane of the Buford-Spring Connector leaving I-85 southbound the morning of Thursday, April 6. The Buford-Spring Connector was affected by last Thursday’s I-85 fire. 

Lane reopens on Buford-Spring Connector after I-85 collapse

Drivers can not access the Buford-Spring Connector from Sidney Marcus Boulevard, which remains closed.

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One week after a fire shut down parts of I-85 and alternate routes, drivers can now access the Buford-Spring Connector from southbound I-85 as of April 6, 2017.

Update: Officials reopened one northbound lane and one southbound lane of Piedmont Road the morning of Tuesday, April 4.

Driving to MARTA? The early bird catches the parking spaces. The transit authority announced the North Springs and Doraville station parking decks were at capacity by 7:50 a.m. Tuesday and recommended drivers park at MARTA stations further south.

Update: Atlanta drivers will have to endure one more night of lane closures before a popular commuter road is reopened permanently.

Construction crews have been working to provide drivers with alternative routes to alleviate traffic congestion after a fire brought down a section of I-85 in Atlanta on Thursday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced the morning of Monday, April 3 that Piedmont Road SB and NB at I-85 is open to traffic. Authorities will close Piedmont Road at 9 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday for additional work.

Related: I-85 to reopen by June 15, officials say

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Piedmont Road had been closed to traffic in both directions after a massive fire brought down part of I-85 Thursday evening.

Transportation authorities have offered drivers and commuters an updated list of road closures, detours and alternative routes:

Update: Piedmont Road near I-85 remains closed the evening of Sunday, April 3 as construction crews clean up a section of the interstate that collapsed Thursday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said replacing the destroyed bridge is expected to take several months.

Update: On Saturday morning, transportation officials began allowing northbound traffic on the Connector to proceed north on I-85 to the next exit: the Buford-Spring Connector, Exit 86 (Ga. 13). 

Suspect in I-85 bridge fire due in court; Buford-Spring exit opens

The Georgia Department of Transportation released an update map of I-85 alternative routes and detours on Saturday. Part of I-85 north has reopened up to the Buford-Spring Connector Saturday after a fire took down a portion of I-85 near Piedmont Road Thursday evening.

Original story: Tens of thousands of metro Atlanta residents are trying to leave town for spring break. Thousands more want to catch the first Braves exhibition game at SunTrust Park. Hundreds of thousands of others just want to get to work or school.

And then an I-85 bridge collapsed in the heart of the city.

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No one was injured in massive fire that caused part of I-85 in Atlanta to collapse on Thursday, March 30, 2017. Sections of I-85 remain closed indefinitely and drivers have had to find alternative routes.

The epic collapse of one of metro Atlanta’s busiest highways has commuters scrambling to figure out how they’ll get where they’re going Friday. Here’s what you need to know about how the I-85 closure will affect your travel.

I-85 is closed in both directions from the I-75/Brookwood split to the North Druid Hills exit.

Georgia Department of Transportation has indefinitely closed the following ramps on I-85 South due to the collapse of a section of the interstate: Chamblee Tucker Road, Shallowford Road, Clairmont Road and North Druid Hills Road.

The following closures are in place, according to the Atlanta Police Department:

The morning after the collapse, authorities directed southbound traffic on Buford Highway to turn onto Sidney Marcus Boulevard, and directed traffic West Peachtree to only continue onto Peachtree Road and not access Buford Connector NB. In the afternoon, Atlanta police announced West Peachtree St to Buford-Spring Connector and Northbound Piedmont Circle to Buford-Spring Connector Northbound would be open to traffic.

On Thursday March 30, a massive fire caused part of I-85 to collapse. The fire and subsequent collapse shut down the interstate and some alternate routes.

Here is some traffic advice:

What section of Piedmont Road is closed from the I-85 collapse?

For more information, visit www.dot.ga.gov.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has outlined alternative routes for drivers after part of I-85 collapsed after a fire. I-85 is closed in both directions from the I-75/Brookwood split to the North Druid Hills exit. The detour includes Piedmont Road from Cheshire Bridge Road to Sydney Marcus Blvd.

MARTA trains will run more frequently to accommodate an expected increase in passengers. Extra employees will be on hand to assist passengers.

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Delays were reported Thursday night on MARTA bus routes 27, 6, 33, 30 and 47.

For more information, visit www.itsmarta.com.

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The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority announced that some of its express buses will be rerouted, and passengers should expect delays.

GRTA also will run additional coaches from the Hamilton Mill and Sugarloaf Mills Park-and-Rides directly to the Doraville MARTA station for those customers who prefer to use MARTA – which the agency encourages.

GRTA announced that Friday afternoon and evening Xpress service will continue to run with the following changes: 

For more information, visit www.xpressga.com.

Gwinnett County also announced that all Atlanta-bound GC Transit Express bus routes originating from the county will operate via I-85 to I-285 to I-20. Return routes to Gwinnett will run in the opposite direction. For more information, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com.

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