On May 18, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao joined Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at the site of Atlanta’s new Interstate 85 bridge for a ceremonial reopening, less than seven weeks after the blaze that caused its collapse.
She told the crowd gathered there that, “The workers who helped to make today possible – the men and women who worked tirelessly to build this bridge – have impressed the nation and earned our thanks. The real heroes are right here, among us. Each one of them represents America’s best.”
The bridge work was completed a month ahead of schedule thanks to the quick influx of federal funds and fast and innovative financing for the contractor. The nation’s newest bridge features cutting-edge prefabricated components and state-of-the-art accelerated curing concrete.