The Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) and Cobb County Government officials are on standby to assist the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Fulton County transportation division as our neighboring county deals with the aftereffects of the fire and collapse of a portion of Interstate 85.
“We are thankful that no one was hurt, and we are working with GDOT and all parties involved to move traffic as quickly as possible through our main and secondary roads,” said CCDOT Director Jim Wilgus. “Our traffic management center is monitoring the situation closely and staff is ready to assist as necessary.”
CobbLinc, Cobb’s transit system, has additional buses and staff in the Midtown area and is ready to offer additional trips as needed.
As a result of the I-85 collapse, which has closed that roadway in both directions, I-75 will receive a surge in traffic from drivers who have been rerouted from I-85, I-285 and GA 400. Motorists are advised to expect heavier than usual traffic in both directions on I-75 and should allow extra time for travel. The heavier volume will likely result in delays on U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway and secondary roads as well.
I-85 will be closed indefinitely until repairs can be made. Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in Fulton County as the closure of I-85 will have a ripple effect on metro Atlanta commuters.
Today is the first day of spring break for Cobb County schools and many other metro Atlanta schools. Transportation officials are advising travelers to plan ahead to avoid additional gridlock.
This evening SunTrust Park will host its first exhibition game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees at 7:30 p.m. CCDOT will proceed with its traffic management plan and will make adjustments as needed.
Cobb motorists are encouraged to use cobbcommute.org and Waze to navigate and choose alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic. Drivers also should adjust travel times, carpool and minimize trips to avoid peak traffic and assist in reducing congestion.
Updates will be provided as needed on CobbCommute.org and Twitter @cobbdot.