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AJC: The latest update on the I-85 bridge repair from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The bridge, which collapsed during a fire, is scheduled to reopen May 15, 2017.
The construction process was sped up by the fact that there was only one full day lost due to rain, McMurry said.
Though the bridge may have stripes and look ready now, there are still certain things that have to be done, McMurry said. Workers must install expansion joints between beams, complete the pouring of concrete side barriers, do electrical work in the median for street lights, clean up construction debris and finally restripe the roadways, he said.
The final striping is expected to be done on Saturday and Sunday. The only variable is expected rain on Friday, but the bridge will absolutely be open Monday morning, McMurry said.
As in previous construction updates, McMurry reiterated that the bridge is “absolutely” safe. Inspectors were at the site 24 hours a day, putting in 2,500 hours. Safety was built into the process at every step from design and fabrication of materials to construction, inspection and testing of the materials, he said.
The federal government is expected to pay at least 90 percent of the cost of rebuilding the bridge. State lawmakers on Tuesday said they plan to seek millions of dollars more in federal help to pay for other expenses related to the bridge collapse, including an expansion of MARTA service.
Councilmember Alex Wan provides additional resources for updates and information about transportation resources:
- www.dot.ga.gov: Georgia Department of Transportation construction progress and recommended detours
- www.CommuteATL.com: City of Atlanta access to the new online platform that helps communters navigate tranportation options
- www.atlanta.k12.ga.us: Learn about Atlanta schools extended drop-off times and modified school bus routes and schedules
- www.midtownATL.com: Midtown Allliance’s learn about the many alternative ways to travel in Midtown
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