7 million people can no longer move anywhere in the city. Businesses all over Atlanta no longer can expect their employees to be able to get to work nor for them to be able to get home.
In the most stunning of news last night during the evening commute home to where we all live on the Northside PVC pipes burned for 7 billion to see how all of 7 million in this city no longer can get anywhere.
The vast majority of us did not even try to go to work today and even DeKalb County Schools are all closed. This damage is all in Fulton County.
This will be a major test of how this city handles the stifling collapse of the largest road in Georgia in our largest city.
This portion of I-85 is an L.
Contrary to misinformation on this the Downtown Connector did not used to be there. When I was young I remember when we would travel South and get off at the Williams Street Exit which is a straight ahead Exit even today. Then we would muddle our way through town and come out the other side and get back onto the freeway to go to the airport. This portion of the road is both I-85 and I-75 at the I-20 Intersection.
Then we bought-up the land just where all the skyscrapers are and skirted around them downtown to the East and then back past Grady Hospital to CONNECT back to a contiguous freeway.
This was completed in 1962. This is a 7-mile stretch right downtown.
North of that I-75 splits off from I-85.
Our ten interstate highways all are designed to offload this traffic.
They are ALL blocked.
No one is at work.
North of the downtown connector I-85 and I-75 split-off from one another at The Split.
At this point I-85 North is an L. An elevated highway. It is elevated over the top of what used to be I-85. This is ALL CLOSED until Christmas.
It took GDOT 2 years to build this L.
It will take a long time to just demolish it.
Think if you will how that many millions of tons of debris are removed from the very Heart of Atlanta and the effect that will have on the traffic to get it away from there.
Think about the in-coming materials into this very Heart of Atlanta and how the surface streets are affected trying to get the workers materials and construction vehicles to rebuild what will be the single biggest expense the City of Atlanta Fulton County has ever faced.
This L portion was completed in 1982.
Let alone redesign it now and rebuild it along with what used to be the old I-85 at Peachtree Street all which were converted in the building of this L portion of the new I-85 to surface streets all of which are DEMOLISHED as well now.
Traffic will be stopped while pre-built segments are moved into this area for the repairs. Traffic on surface streets. Surface streets all we have now today.
The economic impact of this is trillions upon trillions of dollars.
Infrastructure President Donald Trump ? Here you are sir.
We all live on the Northside.
All our roads are blocked. Nothing could be worse for this World-Class City Atlanta. U.S. Department of transportation has coughed-up $ 10 million dollars which should about cover the expenses this weekend alone.
For years the area is known to be where the homeless have been living once they were ousted by construction along the East side of Cheshire Bridge Road.
As for PVC pipe being non-combustible – well that’s bullshit.
There also is an area skateboarders spend their time. The area is racked with drugs prostitution tit bars and some of our most frequented restaurants.
The fire station there at the exit ramp Piedmont Road South of Lennox Square midtown was on another call and the foam to finally put the fire out came all the way from the airport about 9 p.m.
It burned for 3 hours.
The segment which collapsed is hardly the only one. At least 7 other segments have been deemed structurally compromised.
GDOT says they will finish the demolition this weekend. There is no way they meet that deadline. Monday they will still be determining other segments which must be removed.
Traffic across the entire city has been interrupted and will be until nearly Christmas.