This story has been updated.
The city of Atlanta is a mess this morning following the collapse of a bridge on I-85 at Piedmont Road after it caught fire.
Miraculously, there were no injuries caused by the collapse. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that it could be weeks, perhaps months, before the bridge is repaired.
Officials are still trying to determine exactly what caused it. But in the meantime, traffic is being diverted all over the place.
The Georgia Department of Transportation released the following list of alternate routes to get around the collapsed section of interstate:
– I-85 is closed from I-75/Brookwood split to the North Druid Hills Exit
– Motorists traveling northbound on I-85 from the southside of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound I-75 at Brookwood near 17th Street
– Motorists traveling southbound on I-85 north of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound on SR400
– Motorists traveling southbound on SR400 from north of Atlanta will be diverted at Sidney Marcus exit
– I-285 and I-20 are both open to traffic and are the best alternatives for motorists to utilize if possible. For the most up to date information call 511 or visit www.dot.ga.gov, https://www.facebook.com/ GeorgiaDOT/
– Motorists are encouraged to utilize their favorite wayfinding app to help navigate to their destinations.
According to DeKalb County, GDOT has indefinitely closed the following I-85 southbound ramps.
– Chamblee Tucker Road
– Shallowford Road
– Clairmont Road
– North Druid Hills Road
DeKalb County Schools closed for the day. However Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools will remain open.
Non-essential DeKalb County employees are being asked to stay home. Atlanta city government offices will open at 10 a.m.
MARTA is providing additional services to help people cope, but some of its bus services have also been affected. More from MARTA …
Due to the recent I-85 bridge collapse, MARTA is providing additional services to accommodate the expected influx of passengers needing to navigate traffic congestion and delays. MARTA is increasing rail services to assist travelers during this time. Additional representatives are on hand to assist passengers as needed. MARTA continues to work closely with our state and local partners to ensure that residents and visitors can safely reach their destinations.
Bus lines affected due to the I-85 bridge collapse are: 27, 6, 33, 30 and 47. Buses that are delayed this evening are being rerouted to Lindbergh Station.
This is a developing story that will play out in the weeks and months ahead. Check back for updates.
Editor’s note and correction: Earlier reports said the fire occurred in Midtown, and while Midtown has felt the impact of the road’s closure, the fire technically occurred at the southern border of Buckhead.