Atlanta's I-85 to Reopen Full Month Ahead of Schedule

May 11, 2017

Thanks to 24-hour efforts, good weather, and substantial financial incentives, Atlanta's I-85 bridge and roadway Atlanta will reopen in time for Monday’s morning rush hour commute and maybe even sooner.

The northbound lanes of I-85 probably will be open sometime Saturday and the southbound lanes sometime Sunday, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said at a press conference Wednesday.

Contractor C.W. Matthews has been working round the clock since the March 30 bridge fire that shut down the highway for seven weeks.  GDOT offered a sliding scale of financial incentives to C.W. Matthews for an early completion of the project ranging from $1.4 million if it was finished before May 25 to $3.1 million if they could bring it in by May 15.

With the help of fast curing concrete and hard-working crews, it looks like C.W.Matthews is in for the grand prize of $3.1 million.