GDOT reopens all lanes on I-85 north near Braselton

State officials reopened all northbound lanes of I-85 in Jackson County Friday morning after making emergency repairs to a bridge.

The Georgia Department of Transportation closed both northbound lanes on I-85 beginning at Exit 129 near Braselton Wednesday after contractors discovered damaged concrete on the surface of a bridge over the CSX Railroad tracks. Northbound traffic was routed along a 16-mile detour.

GDOT spokeswoman Natale Dale said the agency opened the right lane at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The left lane opened shortly after 8 a.m. Friday.

GDOT crews worked around the clock to repair the bridge. The problem was discovered by contractors working on the widening of I-85.