GDOT: I-85 bridge to reopen by Memorial Day

GDOT commissioner Russell McMurry said they are confident the bridge will be opened by Memorial Day weekend, May 26. This is a jump from the initial completion date of June 15 and McMurray credited the 24/7 work schedule for the new date.

ATLANTA - ATLANTA -- The I-85 bridge will reopen by Memorial Day, Georgia DOT officials said on Monday.

“Our goal was to get I-85 back open to the people of Georgia as quickly as we could, and to do so we offered incentives for early completion,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, during the DOT's weekly press briefing on bridge repairs.

“If work is able to continue at the rate it’s been going, I have no doubt project contractor C.W. Matthews will be able to meet, if not beat, the May 25 incentive date,” McMurry said.

Since April 25, concrete on four of the six decks have been poured, with the northbound travel lanes already complete.

The portion of the bridge under construction just south of Georgia 400 and Piedmont Road collapsed after a massive fire on March 30. 

“The 24/7 ability to work has greatly accelerated this progress,” he said.  

Last week construction crews installed the last of the support beams for the new bridge. 

Photos: Beams in place at I-85 bridge construction site

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