GDOT temporarily reconfigures I-85 North lanes

- Drivers found some relief Saturday after officials reconfigured lanes to reroute cars around the damaged portion of I-85.

Shortly before noon Saturday, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced they had re-striped two lanes of I-85 North near Peachtree Road to guide drivers to the Buford-Spring Connector.  Cars can return to the interstate near Sidney Marcus Boulevard. 

GDOT has also lifted the HOV restriction on the Lindbergh ramp to I-85 to help keep traffic moving. 

"It's been a pretty traumatic situation, I think for Atlanta," said Micheline Barrett, whose commute to work nearly doubled on Saturday evening.  "Everybody just has to be calm and take it down a notch--take that anger level down a notch and work with the government with this," said Barrett. 

Although crews said Sunday their goal is to reopen Piedmont Road by Monday morning, GDOT officials still recommend drivers take I-285 to avoid the collapse site and the resulting traffic.  

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