During rush hour on 3/30/17, a huge fire below I-85 - northbound - just north of Piedmont Road overpass - resulted in part of the Interstate collapsing. The next morning, inspectors determined that the southbound lanes near this will also have to replaced. Officials are encouraging everyone to use MARTA - bus or rail - if possible. It is likely that the "obvious" surface streets such as Peachtree St. ; Roswell Road, etc. - will be gridlocked. For several months.
3/31/17 - US DOT -- Secretary Chao "directed Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials today to award $10 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on the bridge"
3/31/17, about 2:30pm -- "The Atlanta Police Department reopened the Buford-Spring Connector (Georgia 13) northbound to all traffic from West Peachtree Street to I-85" - per WXIA (ch.11)
4/10/17 -- MARTA's new parking website shows available lots (real-time from 6am to 10am, M-F)
5/14/17 -- I-85 is open Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Wed. 5/10 that I-85 will re-open by rush hour on Mon. 5/15 - press release
From GDOT, during the construction:
I-75SB ramp to I-85NB ramp is now open.
|I-75/I-85 northbound traffic diverted to the Buford Spring Connector.|
|SR 400SB to I-85SB is closed. Traffic diverted to I-85NB. Last available exit is Sidney Marcus Blvd|
|I-85 SB is closed. Traffic diverted to SR 400NB. Last available exit is Lenox/Cheshire Bridge|
Buford Spring Connector is open from Piedmont Road southbound
3/13/2018 -- NTSB issues "Highway Accident Brief" - HAB1802 - 11 pages [ Accident ID: HWY17IH012 ]