Advice for Ohioans traveling to Atlanta

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Stunning Video of Atlanta I-85 Fire and Bridge Collapse

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ATLANTA — It will take months to rebuild part of Interstate 85 that was damaged in Atlanta on Thursday, and tourist traveling to the area are advised to use I-85 south and the 285 bypass to reach the city, said  WSB Radio Airborne Traffic Reporter Doug Turnbull.

Turnbull flew over the fire shortly after it started Thursday evening.

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WATCH: Atlanta I-85 Fire Causes Bridge Collapse

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“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 13 years,” he said. “Smoke was seen from as far as 50 miles away.”

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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.

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Crews at work on I-85 collapse

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“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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