Mayor Reed suspends routine construction during I-85 repair

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has issued an executive order suspending non-emergency construction work while repairs are made to Interstate 85. 

A portion of I-85 collapsed March 30 after a massive fire under the road.

Reed's order suspends work between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the Impact Mitigation Corridor, which extends from downtown Atlanta to the northern city limits, east to Moreland Avenue and West to US-41/Northside Drive. 

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The City will not accept any new construction permits before April 17, 2017, to further mitigate the impact of construction activity on traffic congestion, according to a release by the mayor's office.

“Temporarily suspending construction activities during reconstruction of Interstate 85 makes sense and is the right decision to help ease traffic congestion,” said Mayor Reed in the statement.. “While our partners at GDOT do the essential work of rebuilding the I-85 bridge, we are taking multiple measures to ensure people can make it to work or to school on time, and can enjoy their time in our city.”

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Atlanta commuters apparently heeded dire warnings made over the weekend and found others ways to work on Monday morning -- the first day back to work or school for many since the interstate collapse March 30. 

The reconstruction is expected to be complete in mid-June. 

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