ATLANTA, Ga – The Georgia DOT said Saturday it is following “an aggressive schedule” to replace the I-85 bridge that collapsed in Midtown on Thursday.
 
“Demolition work has begun and will continue through early next week,” the DOT said. “Once demolition is completed, a more exact timeline for expected completion can be estimated.”
 
In the meantime, the northbound lanes of I-85 beginning near the Peachtree Road overpass have been reconfigured to allow for two travel lanes to continue northbound up to the Buford-Spring Connector for local traffic only.
 
At that point, all local traffic is being routed to the Buford-Spring Connector where vehicles travel through and return to I-85 north near Sidney Marcus Boulevard.
 
“This reconfiguration work includes the placement of concrete barrier as well as restriping of the lanes,” the DOT said. “Vehicles passing through metro Atlanta should still plan to utilize I-285 as the most efficient route of travel.”
 
The DOT said the new configurations will be ready for the Monday morning commute, and will remain in place for the near future.  
 
On Saturday, Cheshire Bridge Road appeared to be most heavily trafficked surface street nearest the fire. 11Alive reporters and commuters reported gridlock-like conditions as early as 9 am.
 
The DOT has also published the below map as a guide for commuters whose travel plans are impacted by the bridge's collapse.
 
 
Two, 350-foot sections of both northbound and southbound interstate were damaged in this past Thursday’s fire. A high-voltage power line and gas line have also been found nearby.