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Drivers will see even more work on I-85 during collapse rebuild

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A massive fire burned under I-285, causing a portion of the bridge to collapse Thursday afternoon. (SOURCE: WGCL) A massive fire burned under I-285, causing a portion of the bridge to collapse Thursday afternoon. (SOURCE: WGCL)
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Drivers making their way down I-85 to the collapse detour are already dealing with a lot.

"I experience at least a 30-minute longer commute," driver Keith Aikens said.

Now even more work is going to be done on I-85. Georgia Department of Transportation started resurfacing 6.6 miles of I-85 from I-75 up to Clairmont road Thursday. We found crews already starting on the $22.9 million project.

Some drivers question why now?

"Now on 85, perfect time, perfect timing," Aikens said.

GDOT says this is perfect timing. Contractors will only work during the day on the lanes of I-85 that are already closed for the collapse repair.

"If cars aren't allowed there it only makes sense to say if you have the manpower and you have the time can we start doing this now while there's no traffic on the road," GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale said.

Once the collapse is repaired there will be some minimal lane closures during the day.

"When the bridge opens, and we are able to open this stretch of I-85 we won't have to do as many lane closures in this area because we are getting it done now," Dale said.

What the resurfacing means is they will have to tear out all this old material down to the base. It has cracks, potholes, and worn out areas. Then they replace it all with new material making it like new for drivers.

"Well it has to be done," driver Andy Sulek said. "We need infrastructure to be strong."

The collapse work is still set to be finished by June 15th. Drivers will have to deal with the resurfacing project until February 2018.

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