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.
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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