ATLANTA – One year after the I-85 bridge collapse forced drivers to find new routes to work, some neighborhood streets are still feeling the strain.
While the interstate has been restored, life never returned to normal for the Woodland Hills neighborhood.
“Now that they realize they can use this as their morning and afternoon commute cut-through, it's just been a constant flow of traffic,” says neighbor Allie Bates.
A year ago, commuters desperate for a way around a missing section of I-85 found Woodland Hills, and discovered it wasn't just a great cut-through during the crisis, it's a great cut-through period.
Neighbors have seen heavy trucks treating their streets as if it's an interstate.
“Commercial vehicles have no business coming through a residential neighborhood,” says J.D. Kellum.
During the bridge rebuild, drivers largely ignored signs meant to guide them away from neighborhoods.
Now, they're ignoring speed limit signs directing them to keep it to 25-miles-an-hour in places like Woodland Hills.
One neighbor shot video, and complained to Atlanta schools about the bus he recorded zipping by his home.
The neighborhood is in the process of collecting signatures in hopes of convincing Dekalb County to install speed bumps.
“There's a house that's been hit twice by cars zipping through the neighborhood,” says Mike McCloud.
A year later, the impact of the I-85 fire and bridge collapse still sizzles.