Mar 30, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; (Editor's Note: Best Quality Available); A massive fire burns underneath an overpass of Interstate 85 in Midtown. The inferno caused a section of I-85 to collapse near the Buford-Spring Connector, blocking all lanes. Mandatory Credit: WXIA-TV via USA TODAY NETWORK

The Latest On The Fire And Collapse Of I-85 In Midtown

Live ALL weekend with traffic, info from GDOT and reaction!

March 30, 2017

We'll be LIVE all weekend with traffic updates keeping you up to date with alternate routes, detours, school closings, school delays, school early releases and help guide you through what is sure to be an Atlanta traffic day to remember!

LATEST NEWS: 3 people have been arrested in connection to the I-85 fire. The three were identified as Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas.

Check out photos from the fire and collapse HERE.

CLOSINGS (as of 12:07 p.m., Friday):

  • DeKalb County School District (Friday)
  • Atlanta School For The Deaf (Monday)



Statement from MARTA (3/31/17: 12:30 a.m.) 

Due to the recent I-85 collapse, MARTA is providing additional services to accommodate the expected influx of passengers needing to navigate traffic congestion and delays. MARTA is increasing rail services to assist travelers during this time. Additional representatives are on hand to assist passengers as needed.  MARTA continues to work closely with our state and local partners to ensure that residents and visitors can safely reach their destinations. 

Bus lines affected due to the I-85 bridge collapse are: 27, 6, 33, 30 and 47. Buses that are delayed this evening are being rerouted to Lindbergh Station. 

MARTA will be running on schedule Friday and has added many trains for the day and weekend. MARTA will update everyone on the new train schedule next week. Please check out for those details.



GDOT says that now is the time for you to look for an alternate route to work and to home or to use public transit.

If you live north or south of the city of Atlanta, and are traveling to the opposite side of the city and beyond for Spring Break, the State Police remind you that this is why we have I-285. I-85 North AND South are both closed in the City of Atlanta. Do not try to pass through. Please use I-285 to bypass the City.

Please be aware of the following roadway closures due to the damage to 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 south side of Atlanta will be diverted to northbound I-75 at Brookwood near 17th St.
  • 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 the 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 check out before leaving your house or place of employment.

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