Traffic is flowing again both north and south on I-85. (Courtesy GDOT)

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has now reopened the northbound and southbound lanes of I-85 – just six weeks after a fire collapsed a portion of the roadway near the Georgia 400 exit.

Northbound lanes were reopened on Friday night and southbound lanes were reopened around 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The GDOT pledged to have the interstate fully restored by rush hour on Monday morning.  Contractor CW Matthews beat a June 15 deadline by more than a month, which means the company will receive more than $3 million in incentive money.

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.