Multiple westbound lanes were closed Thursday evening for the fourth night in a row as Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews worked on the bridge. The goal was to reinforce the protective platforms for the bridge utilities, GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said.
All lanes were reopened early Friday morning, ahead of one of the busiest driving days of the year.
Prior to Thursday night’s work, the Ashford Dunwoody Road bridge was considered safe and had been fully reopened to traffic, GDOT said.
However, Dale said another project is needed within the next three months to strengthen the impacted steel beams “out of an abundance of caution.”
Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after the crash, which blocked one of the busiest highways in the metro area just before the afternoon rush. Traffic was shut down for hours in both directions after the incident at about 3 p.m.
The driver of the Civic suffered a head injury and was too dazed to speak with officers, according to the crash report. In the Mustang, both the driver and passenger suffered cuts to their hands, the report said.