UPDATE May 1 The Georgia Department of Transportation on May 1 said that the damaged I-85 bridge will reopen by May 25, WSB-TV reported.
GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said the project would be completed and the bridge opened prior to Memorial Day weekend. The holiday falls on May 29 this year.
A portion of the bridge collapsed in a fire on March 30.
On April 26, Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson Natalie Dale said in an interview with WSB Radio that the bridge would open by June 15 at “the very latest.”
Dale attributed the fast pace – just over two months since the bridge burst into flames – to repair crews working around the clock.
#I85Rebuild – New TL video w/ night time shots from April 6 – May 1. Stay tuned for exciting news from today's press briefing. @511Georgia pic.twitter.com/xrItWSwBh5
— Georgia DOT (@GADeptofTrans) May 1, 2017
Since the bridge collapsed, thousands of metro Atlanta commuters have had to find alternate routes around the city. This has led to heavier traffic on nearby surface streets & Interstate 285, along with the increased use of the city’s mass transit system.