Dozens of drivers were temporarily stuck in place in both directions on I-75 and I-85 and were being diverted to I-20 eastbound and westbound. That led to backups on many cross streets throughout the city.
Just after 1:40 p.m., Officer Kim Jones with the Atlanta Police Department told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a “tube-shaped object” was found duct taped to the east side of the bridge at the base of a green post.
An hour later, a bomb squad truck was sitting in the middle of the northbound lanes on the Connector, halfway between 10th and 14th streets. But the interstate was empty of other travelers, an eerie sight for Atlanta at any time of day.
Those using mass transit, such as Gwinnett County buses, were being advised of delays due to interstate closures. Six MARTA bus routes were diverted, a spokesman for the transit said. Train stations were not affected.