I-85 repair work as seen just before noon on April 26. Courtesy GDOT.

Contractor CW Matthews is making quick work of the repairs to I-85 as evidenced in new photos and video from the Georgia Department of Transportation. You can see photos and time-lapse video at this link.

GDOT Construction Director Marc Mastronardi said all 61 beams needed to support the new I-85 overpass were in place and that the contractor would begin pouring the deck for the completed spans on Wednesday night. CW Matthews is working around-the-clock to meet a June 15 deadline, with $3 million in incentive money if the job is complete before Memorial Day.

Mastronardi told the AJC that the cost of the overpass rebuild is $16.6 million with the federal government expected to pay 90 percent of the cost.

A portion of I-85 collapsed during a fire fueled by construction materials stored under the overpass. The fire was allegedly set by a homeless man, who has been charged with arson in the incident but has been set free on bond.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.