Crews work to reopen Piedmont Road after I-85 collapse

Four days after a massive fire caused part of I-85 to collapse and shut down the interstate in both directions indefinitely, crews are focusing on repairing Piedmont Road to ease traffic congestion.

It is one of several much-traveled routes shut down after the collapse, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

This is the view of the I-85 collapse site from the Buford-Spring Connector on Monday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Although no one was injured in the incident, which happened Thursday just south of Ga. 400 on I-85 North, it means a section of the busy interstate that roughly 243,000 vehicles traveled on daily is now out of service.

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Repairs are expected to take several months, meaning long-term closures.

Officials look over the rubble from the I-85 collapse Friday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM (John Spink/

And new Monday, a deadly crash shut down another alternate into downtown Atlanta on I-20 West at Hill Street.

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This shows the location of the I-85 bridge collapse and the resulting road closures.

- Taking the I-75 South ramp to I-85 North, exit the Buford-Spring Connector.

- Taking the I-75/85 North ramp to I-85 North, exit the Buford-Spring Connector.

- One lane is open on Piedmont Road southbound to the Buford-Spring Connector.

- Northbound traffic is open on the Buford-Spring Connector, and so is southbound traffic south of Piedmont Road.

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

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