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Piedmont Road Reopens A Little Earlier Than Expected

Drivers, who had to avoid Piedmont Road when it was closed at 9 a.m. Tuesday due to Interstate 85 bridge repairs, can use the road again.
Drivers, who had to avoid Piedmont Road when it was closed at 9 a.m. Tuesday due to Interstate 85 bridge repairs, can use the road again.
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Atlanta drivers got some good news this morning as Piedmont Road reopened about 90 minutes earlier than expected, according to local news reports.

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Because of the ongoing Interstate 85 bridge reconstruction, the Georgia Department of Transportation had closed Piedmont Road, just under the bridge, at 9 a.m. Tuesday.  Work crews had to set the final section of beams on the highway, GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said.

The road was scheduled to be closed until 9 a.m. today. But, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, southbound lanes reopened just before 7:40 a.m., and northbound lanes reopened a little later.

A fire caused the interstate bridge to collapse on March 30. Reconstruction is expected to be completed by June 15, state officials said.