Impact of Interstate 85 Collapse to Georgia Tech

On March 29, 2017, a section of Interstate 85 collapsed, just north of campus. As a result, 700 feet of roadway on I-85 will be removed and replaced, affecting traffic in and around the city of Atlanta for many months to come.

Any member of the Georgia Tech community who anticipates problems as a result of the incident is encouraged to discuss alternate arrangements with their supervisors, instructors, or fellow students. Likewise, supervisors and faculty are asked to be flexible in accommodating employees’ and students’ needs.

GDOT has a webpage with up-to-date information on the I-85 bridge replacement. Another resource — gacommuteoptions.com — highlights the many services available for helping commuters make the switch to ridesharing and other alternatives to driving alone.

In the meantime, consider your options:

In your car

Plan for longer commute times. If you have a smartphone, there are several wayfinding mobile apps — such as Waze or Google Maps — that can identify and help drivers avoid trouble spots.

Alternate transportation

For commuters who might be considering mass transit options for the first time, Parking & Transportation Services have an online resource — http://pts.gatech.edu/metro-transit — that includes information on discounted transit passes. The Tech Trolley currently runs between MARTA's Midtown station and campus. A map showing the connection points between MARTA rail service and Georgia Tech is available at c.gatech.edu/transit-map.

For bus travelers, four lines intersect with MARTA's Midtown Station:


Preparing for the worst

During the fire and ensuing collapse, commuters were stuck in their cars for several hours, similar to the aftermath of the “Snowpocalypse” ice storm of 2014. The Office of Emergency Preparedness encourages everyone to evaluate their car safety kits and be sure they are ready for potential emergency situations. A kit should include water, a phone charger, food, a blanket, clothes, and a flashlight. The complete guide is available at c.gatech.edu/emergencykit.