Mayor’s Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2017
City of Atlanta Lifts Executive Order Suspending Non-Emergency Construction Activity
Interstate 85 bridge to reopen on May 15
ATLANTA– The City of Atlanta announced today that the executive order suspending non-emergency construction activity while the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) conduct repairs to the impacted sections of Interstate 85 has been lifted. On April 10, Mayor Kasim Reed issued the executive order to mitigate traffic congestion and to preserve access for first responders and to hospitals. Following the order, the Atlanta City Council approved a resolution requiring that the moratorium and work time restriction end upon the reopening of Interstate 85. The Interstate 85 bridge will reopen Monday, May 15, 2017.
The City of Atlanta will also remove “No Thru Traffic” signage posted in designated areas near the bridge. In addition, the City of Atlanta Office of Buildings will resume accepting new construction permits.
“I want to thank our GDOT partners for working around the clock to repair and open Interstate 85 way ahead of schedule,” said Mayor Reed. “I also want to thank our residents, visitors and public employees for their patience during a time when normal travel routes throughout the city had to be adjusted.”
The City of Atlanta continues to encourage residents, visitors and public employees to consider taking transit, such as MARTA and the Atlanta Streetcar, whenever possible.
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