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UPDATED: Atlanta traffic woes grow with Connector closed in downtown

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Atlanta traffic is taking it to a whole new level just weeks after the I-85 bridge collapse

Vacant interstates are becoming Atlanta’s new thing.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta

UPDATE: As of roughly 7:30 a.m., all lanes of the downtown Connector have reopened, and officials report that chemicals spilled on the roadway are nontoxic.

Just when Atlanta thought it couldn’t get any worse, Monday morning decided to throw us a major curve ball.

Interstate 75/85 is closed in the heart of downtown Atlanta in both directions, about five miles south of the I-85 closure caused by last month’s bridge collapse.

According to WSBTV, a chemical spill between North Avenue and 5th Street is the cause of the closure and will keep the interstate closed through at least rush hour.

Drivers trying to get onto the interstate at Williams Street in downtown are only being allowed on southbound, while all northbound traffic is being forced off on Spring Street at Linden Avenue.

Maybe it’ll be best to just take today off, Atlanta.

UPDATE: Traffic is flowing in the southbound lanes, but northbound is closed until further notice.

The interstate entrance at Williams Street.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
Traffic already backing up heading north on the Connector at West Peachtree Street.
Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta