Crews worked Tuesday morning to move spilled sheets of plywood from the eastbound lanes of I-20 off to the shoulder. The cleanup blocked multiple right lanes and caused big backups through Fulton and Cobb counties for hours. 
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Tractor-trailer spills sheets of plywood onto I-20 in Fulton County

Sheets of plywood spilled all over the eastbound lanes of I-20 just before the Perimeter on Tuesday morning, causing hours of gridlock through Fulton and Cobb counties. 

A tractor-trailer hauling the materials lost its load. While cleanup efforts were underway, authorities shut down three right lanes, including both I-285 exit lanes, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

H.E.R.O. unit operators helped with traffic on I-20 near the I-285 North exit on Tuesday. Plywood scattered in the road caused workers to shut down multiple right lanes. They worked to clear the debris throughout the morning. 
Photo: CHRISTINA MATACOTTA / CHRISTINA.MATACOTTA@AJC.COM

The lanes remained closed for most of the morning rush and did not reopen until 8:30 a.m., the Traffic Center reported. 


As a result, many of the secondary roads on the Westside were jammed. Drivers crowded onto U.S. 78, Ga. 6 and the East-West Connector, according to the Traffic Center.


 

At its worst, the trip from Ga. 92 to I-285 was clocking in at nearly an hour, the Traffic Center reported.

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