GDOT completes demolition work on I-85

- Less than 10 weeks. That is how long construction workers have to meet the self-inflicted June 15 deadline to complete the burned down Interstate 85 bridge over Piedmont. A week and a day after the bridge fell, GDOT officials said things are going better than expected.

"This is a tremendous positive sign for where we're headed," said Marc Mastronardi, director of construction for GDOT.

Georgia's Department of Transportation held a news conference Friday to give an update on construction. Mastronardi said despite this week’s weather, they are still on track.

"There was a lot of work that still happened despite those storms," said Mastronardi. "So it's not a day lost, it's an impact to the schedule but not a day lost."

The biggest advantage is that after clearing all of the demolition, they were able to salvage a lot of what was left of the poles. Now they are just framing up new ones on top, and expect to pour concrete by 8 p.m. Friday.

"Probably by Monday you're going to see the first horizontal pier cap which will support the beams that are gonna come in," said Mastronardi. "We are very excited about the progress. Very thankful for the efforts to get us here."

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