The view of the I-85 collapse site at 4 p.m. on May 1. (Courtesy GDOT)

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry announced during an afternoon briefing on May 1 that repairs to I-85 are expected to be complete by May 26 – just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Contractor CW Matthews is making quick work of the repairs to I-85, which is expected to cost $16.6 million.  Crews have been working around-the-clock, with $3 million in incentive money offered by the state if the job is complete before the end of the month.

A portion of I-85 north just before the Georgia 400 exit 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.

You can see photos and video from the I-85 work site at this link

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.