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: 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.
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.
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.
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:
Northbound Piedmont Road at Lambert Drive;
Southbound Piedmont at Buford Connector, all vehicles must turn onto Buford Connector to get to I-85 SB;
Access to I-85 North off of Piedmont Circle;
Lenox Road at Ga. 400 SB;
Intersection of Lambert Drive and Manchester Street;
There is no access from Sidney Marcus onto Buford Highway
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.
Here is some traffic advice:
Motorists traveling north on I-85 from the south side of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound I-75 at Brookwood near 17th Street.
Motorists traveling southbound on I-85 north of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound Ga. 400.
Motorists traveling southbound on Ga. 400 from north of Atlanta will be diverted at Sidney Marcus exit.
I-285 and I-20 are both open to traffic and are the best alternatives for motorists to use if possible. *From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday only transit vehicles and vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed to use the southbound express lane on I-85.
Motorists are encouraged to utilize a wayfinding app to help navigate to their destinations.
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:
Routes 411, 412, 413, 414, 416, will travel an alternate route along I-285 and I-20 to and from Atlanta. Downtown and Midtown stops will be served but customers should expect delays.
Routes 410 will only serve the Doraville MARTA station
Routes 400 and 401 will only pick-up customers at the North Springs MARTA station.
Additional coaches to the Hamilton Mill and Sugarloaf Mills Park-and-Rides will run directly from the Doraville MARTA station
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.