March 31, 2017 10:00 AM, EDT

How the I-85 Closure is Affecting Roads Around Atlanta

Tens of thousands of metropolitan Atlanta residents are trying to leave town for spring break. Thousands more want to catch the first Braves exhibition game at SunTrust Park. Hundreds of thousands of others just want to get to work or school.

EARLIER: Fire causes bridge collapse on I-85 in Atlanta

And then an Interstate 85 bridge collapsed in the heart of the city.

The epic collapse of one of metro Atlanta's busiest highways has commuters scrambling to figure out how they'll get where they're going March 31. Here's what you need to know about how the I-85 closure will affect your travel.

  • I-85 is closed in both directions from the I-75/Brookwood split to the North Druid Hills exit.
  • Motorists traveling north on I-85 from the south side 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 Ga. 400.
  • Motorists traveling southbound on Ga. 400 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 use if possible.

From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, only transit vehicles and vehicles with three or more occupants were allowed to use the southbound express lane on I-85.

Motorists are encouraged to utilize a wayfinding app to help navigate to their destinations.

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