Latest on I-85 from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, PLUS Alternate Travel Options

March 31, 2017                                                                                            


Deal receives Interstate 85 briefing from federal officials


Gov. Nathan Deal today met with the Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Highway Administration Butch Waidelich, senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Ray, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner Mark McDonough and other officials to receive a full briefing and updates regarding the Interstate 85 fire and bridge collapse.


“As we continue to assess the damage and begin repairs, I ask for the public’s patience and understanding. The fact that no lives were lost is a blessing, and I’m grateful for the courage, hard work and tireless efforts by our state and local first responders. I’m also thankful for the timely response from the federal government. Their expedited assistance will allow GDOT, city officials and private contractors to begin work immediately. The state of Georgia, City of Atlanta and federal government are committed to an expedited and safe resolution of this disaster.


“Despite our coordinated efforts, this will be a long process. This is due, in part, to the fact that bridge beams must be cast, poured, tested, transported and individually installed. During this time, public safety is our chief priority and primary concern. With your help, we will be better able to ensure the safety of motorists, travelers, first responders and construction crews.”

There will be a press conference at 12:30 pm.

Good morning, As you may have heard, a portion of I-85 northbound in the City of Atlanta is shut down after last night's collapse from an intense fire that weakened the structure. State and local authorities are working hard to minimize the traffic impact in the area and have begun plans to restore the roadway. The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics has gathered the following resources to assist the community during this time.Please note that this does not impact the major truck interstate route around Metro Atlanta. I-285 is still open for business as usual as is a robust network of other truck routes throughout the region. See more detailed information below.

Traffic routing plan for the immediate area:

  • I-85 is closed from I-75/Brookwood split to the North Druid Hills Exit
  • Motorists traveling northbound on I-85 from the southside 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 on SR400
  • Motorists traveling southbound on SR400 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 utilize if possible.  For the most up to date information call 511 or visit,
  • Motorists are encouraged to utilize their favorite wayfinding app to help navigate to their destinations.

Click on image above for larger version.For real-time updates follow:Georgia DOT:  Facebook , Twitter or download the 511 app for Apple or AndroidGeorgia Motor Trucking Association on Facebook

             To assist in alleviating Interstate traffic and enable travelers in Metro Atlanta to navigate the area, MARTA is providing additional transit services, with more frequent trains and buses.  MARTA, Atlanta’s world-class subway train system, brings travelers to more than 3 dozen stations with more than 45 miles of rapid rail routes, including direct access to the Atlanta International Airport from the north Metro Atlanta area.  Visit for more information or download the “MARTA On the GO” mobile app for Apple or Android devices.During this time, many companies have offered assistance to shippers affected by this interim routing plan. One such company, C.H. Robinson, can be contacted by emailing their Atlanta branch management team at 04-bm@chrobinson.comFor connections to other firms willing to assist, or for more information, click below to contact Jannine Miller at the Center of Innovation for Logistics.

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