ATLANTA - The Atlanta City Council, in the wake of the huge fire under the Interstate 85 overpass and subsequent collapse, wants to change where contractors can store material and equipment in the city.
Ceasar Mitchell is the head of the city council and he wants the council to go on the record about the lack of security and some other shortcomings regarding some of the Georgia Department of Transportation overpasses. He was asked the question Monday afternoon “Is it even necessary for the city council to take any action?” He responded, “You bet it is.”
The leader of the city council specifically noted to his city colleagues, that the collapse road, which has changed so many motorists’ schedules, rests inside the city of Atlanta. Mitchell pushed a resolution calling on the GDOT to evaluate and remove anything stored under its bridges which might be hazardous in the future.
“These roads are inside the city of Atlanta. While they may be state roads or interstate highways, they are still in our jurisdiction. As elected officials in the city of Atlanta we have a responsibility to our citizens and a responsibility to keep them safe,” said Mitchell.
While a homeless individual has been charged with setting the highway fire, the Mitchell resolution makes it clear GDOT security left a lot to be desired. Citing fences that hat times have not -- at times have not only been left unlocked, but wide open. The council president says the resolution is not intended as a punitive measure.
“GDOT has been very responsive. They will be briefing the city council in the coming weeks and we're really glad to see that. And I think they have shown a level of activism around this issue,” said Mitchell.
Meanwhile, Mayor Kasim Reed is taking a different approach. When approached with questions over GDOT, the mayor said he will have his debate and discussion with GDOT behind the scene with state officials instead of out in the open.