Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget: Atlanta’s Interstate 85 Reopens…

Absolutely Fantastic engineering and recovery job in Atlanta as I-85 reopens.

The elevated interstate collapsed on March 30th.  350 feet in both directions, 10 lanes of elevated interstate, needed to be replaced.  The original target projections were for a completed repair by June 15th.  Today, May 12th, the Northbound lanes open, tomorrow the Southbound lanes open.

43 Days ‘Merica!  We know how to get stuff done.

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The company contracted to repair the damage can qualify for up to $3.1 million in incentives for finishing ahead of schedule.

The damaged section of the interstate, which runs through downtown, usually sees about 243,000 vehicles a day.  (article link)

March 31st, 2017

May 12th, 2017

43 Days.

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75 Responses to Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget: Atlanta’s Interstate 85 Reopens…

  1. Timmy-the-Ute says:

    Same thing will happen when they start the Wall.

    Liked by 41 people

    • helix35 says:

      If we had an honest news media, this story would be front-page news.

      Liked by 7 people

      • dginga says:

        I LIVE in Atlanta and did not know this! Thank God, as traffic has been doubly unbearable on 285 and 75.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Biggie says:

          I also LIVE in Atlanta and proud of the fact that they pulled together as a team and made it happen. This project was on a very tight schedule and will be looked back on in the future as proof that when you put the BS aside and get to work great things can/will happen. MAGA is not just a slogan it’s the new’r deal!

          Now our commute will go back to being just unbearable.

          Liked by 3 people

          • jimsung says:

            I live in the area and had to drive south on I85 Thursday before it reopened. What a mess. Headed towards Augusta, GA, on I20 East. Got stopped cold about 4 times before Augusta. They could use some MAGA on that stretch!

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      • annieoakley says:

        Exactly!

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  2. TwoLaine says:

    Hey Nobama, WE BUILT THAT!

    Liked by 34 people

  3. ALEX says:

    It took one year and forty five days to build Empire State Building. I like the fact they will get the three million dollar bonus, plus they can move on to next project and Make America Great Again

    Liked by 26 people

    • maiingankwe says:

      Alex, imagine the bonuses all of the workers will get. Now that will be something to be proud of and take to the bank. They got themselves some bragging rights for sure.

      Don’t no one go rain on my happy parade and tell me they won’t give out a bonus, not today anyways. Feel free tomorrow. 😁

      Liked by 7 people

      • Wayne Robinson says:

        You know nothing about union labor in America . No workers will be getting any bonuses and that isn’t why they are efficient and effective. They are tradesman some laborers some ironworkers and rodmen some finishers and carpenters and opporators all take pride in their work and building America . AFL-CIO and many of the rank and file voted for Trump

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Alex, imagine the bonuses all of the workers will get. Now that will be something to be proud of and take to the bank. They got themselves some bragging rights for sure.

      Don’t no one go rain on my happy parade and tell me they won’t give out a bonus, not today anyways. Feel free tomorrow. 😁

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    • dginga says:

      C. W. Matthews is a local company, headquartered about three miles from my house. They have a loyal workforce, and they hire, train and promote from within.

      I wish all road projects would provide incentives for early completion. I am so tired of road construction projects that drag on for years, go way over budget, and all the while the taxpayers sit in traffic looking at construction zones where absolutely nothing is being done.

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  4. Pam says:

    It’s so hard to comprehend how all of that mass devastation turned into what you see today in just over 40 days. That is amazing! It’s nice to see companies putting POTUS’ motto into practice.

    Liked by 17 people

  5. Dreadboi says:

    Now we can get around on side-streets again..Mayor Reid would have loved to put this on his resume for his run at Gov or state legislation if he makes it out of the scandal his office is in..

    Liked by 1 person

  6. chojun says:

    Too bad it wasn’t 45 days 😉

    Liked by 5 people

  7. GREENMIRROR says:

    Heh first thing I said was You didn’t build that… And it’s already been posted.

    I’ll bet this group understands The buck stops with you!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Xroads says:

    ANYTHING done around Atlanta on time and under budget is a miracle! Maybe the times, they are a changin’.

    Liked by 13 people

    • Your Tour Guide says:

      Amen. Particularly in Fulton, City of Atlanta, and DeKalb Counties.
      Always cost over runs “unexpected setbacks” . I’ve made it into
      a parlor game.
      “What will be the problem now?” Unstable ground? Live spring
      underneath? The Billie Bob Construction Company goes bankrupt
      and takes all the money? (This actually happened at an elementary
      school construction site in DeKalb County).

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    • Beenthere says:

      Do you consider including up to $3 million incentive to be under budget? ——Just saying.

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      • Xroads says:

        All day, every day. If you cant grasp the concept of incentives, early completion and cost savings; I can only surmise that you earn your living from government benefits or a government job that is paid for with someone else’s tax money. You absolutely cannot have ever worked in the private sector nor had your.own business.

        Short rant only. Please don’t make me come back and explain project cost, budgeting and analysis.

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  9. deplorabledaveinsocal says:

    There is no box… Unless you build it and limit yourself by putting yourself in it… Those that think there are no solutions have not thought long enough or hard enough…

    43 days… A few extra days to make sure the concrete cured… Proud to be an AmerIcan

    Liked by 14 people

    • filia.aurea says:

      Take 2 more days and get those repairs inspected by a team of out-of-state structural engineers. And please refrain from storing any more crap underneath.

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      • filia.aurea says:

        Properly negotiated contracts always offer performance bonuses for on time, under budget completion – but, they also include daily penalties for late delivery and cost overruns. Seems gubermint procurement clerks still have a lot to learn.

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      • Wayne Robinson says:

        You can’t inspect quality in after the fact. Inspections were on going for all of the demo and rebuild

        Liked by 1 person

        • filia.aurea says:

          Yes, I know – but that doesn’t mean the inspectors caught everything. I speak from experience – in building an extension on one of my properties, the builders had partly obscured the fact that the installation of sill plate (between masonry and wood framing) had been “forgotten”. A structural engineering report, and installation of a steel beam (under an already built 1st story extension) cured the problem. A post-build inspection is possible and also has value.

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  10. jackphatz says:

    How is it this project did not get sued out of existence before it ever got started? It’s that what the DOJ, SPLC, ACLU, ACORN, BLM, CIA, NSA, DHS, EPA, HUD….oh..you know! Isn’t it marvelous when BS’ers are no longer in charge.

    Liked by 8 people

    • dginga says:

      Even more amazing is the contractor hired to do the work in ATLANTA was not a minority-owned firm. They hired a contractor from Marietta, probably because they needed to get the job done NOW! I found it interesting that the article in the Atlanta Journal about the reopening last night had no mention of the job being done a month early.

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    • mossback says:

      You can imagine what it is like to deal with Government contract personnel. Before retirement, I managed a Purchasing Department that was solely tasked with DoS/DoD contracts for procurement. Back when I started there, everything was fairly quick…..if we had a contract that began in 60 days with the gov. we normally had 45 days after the exes finished fooling around and got documents signed………….Our procedure was what we called a work around. Source found from competition, purchasing contract issued with signature with delivery’s ahead or on time and then the hard part, back filling all the Gov. BS paperwork that was required by our own company as well as the gov……….Just before I left, the company was ramping up with a computer system that integrated with the Gov. system (which was antiquated)….needless to say ”work around’s” were no longer possible, delays in startups grew and projects fell behind the contract dates………..all thanks to the pinchy governments insatiable desire for documentation, multiple signatures. We started hiring new employees who knew nothing of buying and selling skills, thinking outside the box, etc. They only knew how to push paper and computer buttons. I am so glad I am retired and that life is behind me.

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  11. BigD! says:

    This reminds me how C.C Myers was able to repair the 10 freeway collapse so fast after the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake.

    The construction company was given 140 days and they completed the repair in 66 days!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._C._Myers A plain man that knew how to get things done.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. thluckyone says:

    THANK YOU, Sundance! LOVE YOU, ‘Lanta! LOVE YOU, precious Georgia! Y’all show ’em how it’s DONE! MAGA, y’hear?

    Liked by 3 people

  13. tonyE says:

    Even in Calimexistan… when we had the Northridge quake that collapsed the Santa Monica Fwy (the 10)… it was repaired in record time.

    Today, with the far more lefist Gov.. I think they would not DARE not go slow. If there’s one thing Calimexistanos won’t put with is a collapsed freeway -except in San Franciscovich where they got rid of their collapsed freeway instead of rebuilding it. But, that is San Franciscovich.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Linda says:

      And it took years. I was living in Oakland when it collapsed and had long since moved on by the time the new freeway was rebuilt.

      Liked by 1 person

    • I lived in the Bay Area through all that and remember feeling frustrated how long the process took, and Northridge far surpassing us…the quakes were about a year apart. Years later S F was still fighting about whether to rebuild or tear down the Embarcadero frwy.

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  14. Ivehadit says:

    Terrific news!! Finished before summer vacation travel. I know the businesses are thrilled in Buckhead.
    Thank you, President Trump! We love you!

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Texian says:

    See what happens when politicians actually pay attention, get out of the way and let American workers run with it.. and then reward them.. sh!t gets done..

    The Houston Pierce Elevated through downtown – the whole thing, pilings and all – 150 days, earning an early completion bonus of $1.6 million – a record high for TxDOT.

    Liked by 4 people

  16. Rosech says:

    My password is correct! Yes, following Trump’s direction gets more and more states and people moving ahead in advance and at less cost. No politicians can do this, only we the People!

    Liked by 3 people

  17. MNCarryPermitHolder says:

    Amazing work. Just wish they’d completed it one day earlier. 🙂

    I passed through/around Atlanta today on my way to Florida. Everything southbound was backed up for hours. 20 years ago, the last time I drove through, it was 12 lanes of NASCAR. Not sure which was worse.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Billsv says:

    1984 Construction company CC Meyers finished 74 days ahead of schedule repairing a collapsed section of the Santa Monica Freeway. They same company finished Siler feats in Oakland. Lot’s of great companies our ther

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  19. Brant says:

    Wow. And in a curve no less. I live in Georgia. South Georgia. I had to be in atlanta Wednesday. Egads traffic. Some 85 effects I guess, but it’s pretty bad all the time. As I told the people I was seeing, more cars in one block than probably my entire county. I got out of there as quick as I could. Quick being 2 hours to go from north side of perimeter to south side about 30 miles. Will take my slow country living any time.

    Liked by 3 people

    • dginga says:

      We live in Marietta and avoid going to Atlanta as much as possible. Now that they moved the Braves out here to Cobb County we will drive inside the Perimeter even less frequently.

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  20. Neural says:

    Meanwhile, Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon is still un-repaired, most likely due to “environmental concerns” etc. Hoping that President Trump can kick start that project and tell the EPA to go play dodge with a wind turbine.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. snailmailtrucker says:

    THIS IS THE TRUMP EFFECT !

    The elevated interstate collapsed on March 30th. 350 feet in both directions, 10 lanes of elevated interstate, needed to be replaced. The original target projections were for a completed repair by June 15th. Today, May 12th, the Northbound lanes open, tomorrow the Southbound lanes open.

    President Trump Praised the First Responders who were there within minutes when this Happened.
    He let them know how much he Respected them !

    THIS IS THE TRUMP EFFECT !

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  22. snailmailtrucker says:

    And they Think WE Can’t build The Wall !

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    • Neural says:

      It’s tempting to try and get a number of people together to go down there and start working on it now with or without permission. Every day that the Federal government and rogue anti-American judges block president Trump and delay the building of the wall, is a 24hour period in which the next Mohamed Atta may enter our borders.

      Liked by 1 person

      • kenmar1965 says:

        I like your idea (even though it is a bit impracticable.)
        What i do think more likely will happen is that when construction actually starts, people will travel to the wall construction sites to cheer and show support for the workers.

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      • Paul Killinger says:

        Just today heard about an Illegal driving drunk who maimed a kid. He had been deported FIFTEEN times!

        Our Govt is NOT EVEN A GOOD JOKE, and no one cares but Donald J Trump (thank God!).

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  23. Frank says:

    I support our President, but this is probably a more pragmatic sort of situation than political. Consider that this is Atlanta. It is a town known for being overcrowded with angry bozos. If it took any longer to reopen the highway, the bozos would probably just set fire to the rest of the city, form some primitive tribes, and start fighting for territorial control. In case you think I’m being overly facetious, consider that fires have already been set recently under highway and rail overpasses around Atlanta, presumably in an effort to destroy more infrastructure. That is the quality of human that lives here now.
    But yes, it’s good news that I-85 will be functional again. Traffic on the surface streets near the closure has become completely untenable.

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  24. Duhders says:

    It makes me so upset that this is our capability yet we waste people’s time and fossil fuels stuck in traffic jams with construction projects around the country that could be completed in 1/4 the time. And don’t get me started on the crappy pot hole repairs that do nearly the same damage to my vehicle’s tires, rims and suspension. Like Trump said about the trucker owner friend, the infrastructure is crumbling and nobody seems to give a darn about it…as long as we keep buying more cars and they crap on consumers for not “being green”. I would spit on establishment politicians if I didn’t value my food and freedom.

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  25. Lone Gunman says:

    Fixing that part in record time is OK, BUT, why did it collapse in the first place, and, what needs to be done to prevent THE REST OF IT FROM COLLAPSING??

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    • dginga says:

      I guess you don’t watch the news. The GA Department of Transportation apparently makes a practice of storing various building materials under overpasses in the freeways, then surrounding then with chain link fences to “secure” the area. For several years they have stored an unknown quantity of large spools of fiber optic cable under this particular overpass. Over time, vagrants have cut holes in the chain link fences and used this area to sleep, shoot up, etc. On the day of the fire, several vagrants were using this area to smoke crack. High on crack, one of the trespassers thought it would be fun to see if he could set fire to the fiber optic cable in the nearest spool. Much to his surprise, he WAS able to set fire to it, and once that spool was burning, the fire quickly spread to the other spools. The trespassers beat feet out of the area, but by that time the fire was out of control. Passers-by called 911, but by the time the fire department arrived there was a conflagration under the overpass. The police stopped traffic on the interstate, rerouting it off the nearest exits in both direction, and closed off all surface streets anywhere near the fire. The pvc coating on the cable produced toxic smoke, and the fire burned so hot that it compromised the steel support structure of the overpass, which eventually collapsed. The fire department tried to put out the fire, but apparently that particular material is extremely flammable and there wasn’t much they could do.

      Nobody was hurt in the fire, and the perpetrator was arrested the next day. The GA Department of Transportation admitted that they not only had the practice of storing things under the highways, but they could not account for how many spools of valuable fiber optic cable were under the bridge, they also could not say how long they had been there. Some reports said maybe since 2011, others said back to 2006. Our tax dollars at work. The highway construction was not flawed, it was the fire that caused the road to collapse.

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  26. Kenyon Hull says:

    I will wager that Atlanta does not store inflammables under the overpasses anymore.

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  27. Miles Rost says:

    The reason it comes in so fast is because they pre-cast the concrete sections and line them in. They did the same thing for the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis after it collapsed in 2008. And it was done ahead of schedule.

    Pre-casting has allowed the construction industry to get ahead on bridge maintenance. It’s an American creation.

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  28. Lawrence says:

    The sense of pride and joy here in ATL is like I’ve never seen. People seeing competence in local government, especially after the miserable way ice storms were handled a few years back.

    I tell my anti-Trump GF that he got this thing going. She scoffs, then I show her the video of his meeting with officials last month and she is stunned. Slowly dawning on her. S-L-O-W-L-Y I say because she gets all news from MSM.

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  29. SafeSpace says:

    And the smug libtards say us folks in the south are too stupid to get anything done right, let alone on time. BWAHAHAHA!

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  30. annieoakley says:

    Georgia today, has few ties to the South.

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