Brookhaven, GA, March 31, 2017 – by Trey Benton– The City of Brookhaven Police Department had extra officers on duty Thursday night as a result of a fire on Interstate 85 that led to a bridge collapse. At the same time, Police Chief Gary Yandura was in the main GDOT/RTOP operations center in the City of Atlanta working with State and Local officials to assess the situation. The City says they are continuing to communicate with each of the local municipalities that border Brookhaven as well as other agencies as everyone prepares for what could be weeks of travel woes for commuters.
Brookhaven residents and those who travel through the city should expect very heavy traffic on and around Peachtree Road, Buford Highway, and the I-85 access roads, all of which parallel I-85 for the foreseeable future and attempt to plan accordingly.
All agencies are suggesting commuters who need to travel through the affected area and areas that feed into it, to use MARTA. MARTA has increased service levels and is expecting a heavy increases in ridership. MARTA is also suggesting to carpool to the station or have someone drop you off at the stations because parking lots may become full quickly.
“Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP) is implementing longer throughput traffic signal cycles on Buford Highway and Peachtree Road. Both roads are state routes.” the City reported in a Friday morning release. “This may cause delays in Brookhaven neighborhoods that directly access these roads.”
Mayor John Ernst, City Manager Christian Sigman and Brookhaven officials remain in contact with State and local authorities as well as neighboring cities as needed and any new information will be disseminated as it becomes available regarding traffic plans.
The Georgia Department of Transportation released the following chart outlining the basic detours at present.