Campus Advisory: I-85 Bridge Collapse
Travel to Georgia State University has been affected by the collapse of the I-85 bridge near Piedmont Avenue. The Department of Transportation has estimated that it will likely be months before traffic patterns return to normal.
MARTA is providing additional services to accommodate the expected influx of passengers needing to navigate traffic congestion and delays. Bus lines affected due to the I-85 bridge collapse are 27, 6, 33, 30 and 47. Buses that are delayed are being rerouted to Lindbergh. MARTA is increasing rail services and adding extra capacity to assist travelers during this time. Additional representatives are on hand to assist passengers as needed.
During this time, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the Georgia State MARTA Breeze Card program and receive their Breeze Cards at a discounted rate.
Read more about the Georgia State Breeze Card program.
Message from the University System of Georgia Chancellor
As many of you are already aware, metro Atlanta is being impacted by the I-85 corridor repair. To support the repair work, the Governor has asked that as many State employees as possible stay off the roads. The goal is to reduce traffic allowing Department of Transportation (DOT) to divert resources to this project. This is effective immediately and continuing until the I-85 corridor reopens.
For the University System of Georgia, the Chancellor is asking that metro Atlanta institutions employ the following strategies:
- Managers allowing employees to telework where practical and feasible
- Encouraging carpooling
- Taking public transportation
- Leveraging technology (such as WebEx) to facilitate meetings (both in and outside of metro Atlanta)
- If there are other viable alternatives that your campuses may use, we encourage you to consider those as well.
Your CHRO will receive additional details in support of deploying alternative work arrangements for employees where appropriate. Your support and the support of your institution’s leadership is needed in order to make this effort successful.
From the Department of Transportation (DOT):
- Georgia DOT’s website: Visit www.dot.ga.gov for information on detours and closures, and a map you can print and take with you.
- Call 511 from anywhere in the state for traveler information.
- Consider public transit as an option – Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Express buses and MARTA offer easy and efficient transit options.
- For information on other commute options, visit Georgia Commute Options.
- Use your favorite wayfinding app.
- “Don’t Block the Box” – highway traffic has been re-routed to many other streets and roads; it’s against the law to enter an intersection until you can legally and safely exit on the other side.
- “Steer It and Clear It” – if you are involved in a minor traffic incident, move vehicles from travel lanes until law enforcement or HERO trucks arrive on the scene to assist.
- Move Over Law – when you see HERO or other emergency response vehicles assisting with an incident, move to the next lane; if you can’t, slow down to allow responders to safely do their work.
Since the beginning of the I-85 closure, Georgia DOT has been working with local governments to coordinate signal timing. More than 30 signal engineers, part of the Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP), are focused on a signal-timing program with the goal of improving travel and traffic flow by minimizing congestion and reducing delays along commuter corridors.
As a result of the work of RTOP signal engineers, Cheshire Bridge Road, which typically handles 18,900 vehicles daily, saw a 100% increase in traffic volumes on Friday, March 31. While the traffic was congested, there was continuous movement throughout the corridor.
Georgia DOT will adjust its incident response strategy and pre-staging >Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO) at known hot spots around I-285 and on the Downtown connector. Operators will focus on quickly addressing and removing incidents from travel lanes to reduce traffic delay on these major routes.