Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia reopens to traffic

Georgia transportation officials reported no major delays during the first rush hour since a major interstate overpass reopened for traffic after collapsing in a massive fire.

Authorities said all lanes of Interstate 85 near the heart of Atlanta were reopened over the weekend and available for Monday morning’s commute.

The roadway had been shut down since March 30, when a blaze beneath the bridge burned so hot it caused the overpass of steel
and concrete to collapse. Frustrated Atlanta commuters were forced onto congested alternate routes or transit systems. Officials urged employers to allow employees to telecommute or change their schedules as construction crews worked round-the-clock shifts.