Access to Buford-Spring Connector SB from I-85 now open

- The Georgia Department of Transportation has released a new detours map for Interstate 85. 

Thursday morning, the DOT opened the southbound lanes of the Buford-Spring Connector, which has remained closed since a massive fire caused a portion of I-85 near Piedmont Road to collapse last week, crippling traffic in both directions of the busy highway indefinitely.

VIDEO: SKYFOX 5 over the scene the morning after collapse

Access to the Buford-Spring Connector southbound opened before rush hour Thursday, to local traffic only. However, access from Sidney Marcus Boulevard to the Buford-Spring Connector remains closed. The DOT said through traffic should continue to use I-285.

The northbound lanes of the Buford-Spring Connector opened to local traffic several days ago. 

WATCH: The moment the overpass collapsed

I-85 remains closed between I-75 and Georgia 400. Motorists are being urged to use I-75, I-285 and I-20 as alternates. 

Tuesday, the DOT said I-85 could reopen in fewer than 10 weeks.

Watch: Georgia DOT officials lay out timeline for repairing I-85

"A very aggressive, but attainable date," said DOT Commissioner Russell McMurray. "This is a great date. This is much better than our initial thought." 

MORE: Georgia DOT: Expect I-85 to reopen by June 15

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