Five weeks, 61 new horizontal beams, 13 vertical columns, and at least a half-dozen haikus about Interstate 85 later, the most infamous torching in Atlanta since Sherman is starting to look halfway remediated.
Georgia Department of Transportation officials announced this week the collapsed, 12-lane section of the I-85 bridge will be open for Memorial Day travel on May 26 at the latest—weeks earlier than initially expected and less than two months since the bizarre inferno triggered chaos for many Atlanta commuters.
So it seemed like an appropriate time for a closer look at this nearly $17-million, expedited job.
Much of the concrete road decks have been poured, which allows for road surfacing, striping, sealing, and soon, the addition of all concrete barriers at the edge of the crucial highway artery.
More potentially good news: Contractor C.W. Matthews is still aiming for an opening day around May 15 to receive the bonus of $3.1 million being offered for early completion.
For this latest installment of Visual Journeys, have a gander at where things stand now: