Equipment stored under the bridge caught fire, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Turnbull said.
“It made one part of I-85 collapse and it compromised the other side of the interstate, so now both sides have to be rebuilt,” Turnbull said.
Each day an estimated 226,000 vehicles use the section of I-85 that was damaged, Turnbull said referring to Georgia Department of Transportation data.
The damaged highway will force more people to use the 285 bypass, Turnbull said.
Crews at work on I-85 collapse
“That’s already extremely crowded,” he said. “People that are going to be coming through down I-85 for Spring Break that are going to try to go inside the city and be forced on to all these surface streets that are going to be choked up.”
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