(UPDATE) – Troubles on DeKalb Industrial, I-85Atlanta Downtown Connector. Source: Wikimedia commons. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atlanta_75.85.jpg
Editor’s note: This story has been updated as new information has become available. There were conflicting reports about whether DeKalb Industrial or Lawrenceville Highway were closed. The Georgia Department of Transportation says both roads were closed briefly this morning.
It’s was a bit of a cluster on Georgia’s highways this morning.
A reader of Decatur Metro reported that part of DeKalb Industrial was closed in both directions, bringing traffic to a standstill. DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said the closure was due to a traffic accident involving a utility pole.
Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark McKinnon said that both DeKalb Industrial and Lawrenceville Highway were closed for a period of time, due to the accident.
“There was an accident there where a tractor trailer hit a power pole,” McKinnon said. “Lines were down but all lanes are clear now.”
Believe it or not, that’s actually not the worst thing going on in Atlanta traffic land today.
GDOT’s 511 page reports that there is emergency roadwork going on at I-85 southbound at Shallowford Road due to a water main break. “DeKalb Watershed and GDOT are currently repairing the damage. One right lane is closed for the emergency work,” the alert says.
The kicker? The lane isn’t expected to reopen until Saturday, May 17.
“Motorists traveling in the area especially during the morning rush hours are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes,” GDOT says.