The future of Atlanta's infrastructure after I-85 collapse - CBS46 News

The future of Atlanta's infrastructure after I-85 collapse

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It took six weeks for crews to rebuild and reopen the collapsed portion of I-85.

During that time many drivers faced issues in Atlanta.

"What usually took me 45 minutes to get here from Hampton, Georgia took me almost two hours," driver Amelia Jackson said.

To Jackson, the collapse exposed a bigger problem.

"It was not up to par," Jackson said. "We need more."

CBS46 took that concern to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. She wouldn't give specifics to what federal help Georgia or Atlanta could get, but she did reference a national infrastructure plan coming from the White House.

"We work very closely with each state on each of their issues," Chao said. "So the president will be releasing the infrastructure proposal soon, so stay tuned."

The Georgia Commissioner of DOT, Russell McMurry, tells me losing an interstate was an eye opening experience.

"When 85 collapsed, it certainly shows how critical infrastructure is," McMurry said.

He says they will use this to push their transportation agenda.

"It will certainly give us the platform to talk about connections and connected transportation because that is important," McMurry said. "There's no one silver bullet...when it comes to addressing mobility."

That's good news to people like Jackson who says Atlanta needs more roads to deal with our growing population.

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