Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. briefed members of the media on the status of the catastrophic incident that significantly impacted I-85 and the broader transportation network.  McMurry thanked all of the many people who have responded and who continue to work on clearing the scene and are beginning the structural analysis. Key highlights of the briefing and road closures are as follows: 


  • First responders did an amazing job clearing the scene and preventing any injury or loss of life.
  • The response was a joint effort bringing together resources from City of Atlanta police and fire crews, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Emergency Management Agency and many others.
  • Georgia Department of Transportation teams are on site and have already begun inspection and investigation.
  • The primary concern right now is helping people reach their destinations this evening, in the morning and for the foreseeable future.
  • Georgia DOT is using every available resource to put together alternative routes, and is working with all intergovernmental agencies to share this information with the public.
  • This incident will have a major impact on travel. 
  • Residents and visitors to the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia need to plan their travel as best possible prior to beginning any trips.
  • Utilize MARTA if possible. MARTA has added extra capacity to help overcome this crisis.
  • Utilize GRTA if possible. GRTA has adjusted routes to account for road closures
  • The I-85 Express Lanes will be HOV3+ and transit vehicles ONLY.  No others with less than 3 occupants are allowed to utilize the Express Lanes for the next few days.
  • Updates will be provided to the Georgia DOT website, Georgia 511 and our Facebook page at Georgia DOT.
  • Repair to this essential interstate is a top priority and the safety of the traveling public is the most important thing at this point in time.

Please be aware of the following roadway closures due to damage on I-85:

  • I-85 is closed from I-75/Brookwood split to the North Druid Hills Exit
  • Motorists traveling northbound on I-85 from the southside of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound I-75 at Brookwood near 17th Street
  • Motorists traveling southbound on I-85 north of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound on SR400
  • Motorists traveling southbound on SR400 from north of Atlanta will be diverted at Sidney Marcus exit
  • I-285 and I-20 are both open to traffic and are the best alternatives for motorists to utilize if possible.  For the most up to date information call 511 or visit,
  • Motorists are encouraged to utilize their favorite wayfinding app to help navigate to their destinations.