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I-85 Bridge in Atlanta Reopens Ahead of Schedule Thanks to Excellent Federal and State Collaboration

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.

 

U.S. Transportation Secretary Joins Georgia Governor Deal for Ceremonial Opening of Atlanta’s I-85 Bridge

ATLANTA – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao joined Governor Nathan Deal today at the site of the new I-85 bridge – which opened less than seven weeks after a blaze caused its collapse and more than a month ahead of schedule – to thank the workers and first responders who kept the public safe.

Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $10 Million for Emergency Repairs to Atlanta’s Collapsed I-85 Overpass

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao directed Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials today to award $10 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on the bridge over Atlanta’s I-85 near Piedmont Road which collapsed during rush hour as a result of intense heat from a fire below.  Secretary Chao spoke with Governor Deal within the hour to discuss the situation and apprise him of the release of funds.

Updated: Friday, March 31, 2017
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