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Total cost to rebuild I-85: $16.6 million

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Myriam Belasse owns Belasse Boutique on Piedmont. She's amazed watching the work being done right outside her window.

"They are doing a really great job...rebuilding that bridge, and much faster than I expected," Belasse said.

Even though she understands road closures and detours are needed to get it done, she doesn't like what it's doing for business.

"My appointments that was scheduled for today [were] rescheduled for tomorrow and Thursday," Belasse said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is offering the contractor $3.1 million in incentives to get the work done before the June 15 deadline. The demolition work costs $1.6 million. The rebuilding will cost $11.9 million. All of it combined with incentives included is $16.6 million dollars.

Almost all of the 61 concrete beams have been replaced. By Wednesday, pouring concrete for the decking could start on two of the five spans being replaced.

"There is going to be a lot of people moving in different directions, but what you should mark for accomplishment is when you see that deck steel in place, and what's going to follow that is pouring concrete," GDOT director of construction Marc Mastronardi said.

Belasse is hoping construction stays on a fast pace for drivers and the sake of her business.

"In life things do happen, and you know, you just got to fix it and move on," Belasse said.

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