U.S. Transportation Head, Gov. Deal Rededicate I-85 Bridge

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt I-85 bridge.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao paid a visit to the newly rebuilt I-85 bridge Thursday.

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Chao joined Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials under the reconstructed interstate overpass in Atlanta for a rededication ceremony.

She praised the completed bridge as an example of local, state and federal agencies collaborating to get something done.

“But most of all I think Atlanta can shine today. You have shown us a community, a city that works,” Chao said.

The federal government already chipped in $10 million for the interstate’s rebuilding.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will seek more support once it has determined the full cost, both direct and indirect, of the collapse.