Traffic in Atlanta just got a whole lot worse, with the Thursday night collapse of an I-85 overpass in the city after a huge fire.
If you are heading through Atlanta, you should completely avoid coming into the city. All thru traffic should take I-285 around the city entirely. Another option if traveling from East Tennessee to parts of Florida would be to take I-40E to Asheville, then head south on I-26 to I-95.
If you are heading to the Atlanta airport, take I-285 around the city, but leave plenty of extra time for the drive because all major roads in the city will likely be congested as drivers attempt to get around the I-85 closure.
GETTING INTO THE CITY FROM THE NORTH
You cannot enter I-85 S after Spaghetti Junction. All entrance ramps to I-85 S between Chamblee Tucker and North Druid Hills are closed.
To move around this, take Buford Hwy, Peachtree Industrial Blvd or HWY 29 - Lawrenceville HWY.
From Sandy Springs, take GA 400 and get off at Sydney Marcus or take Roswell Rd. to Piedmont Rd. or Peachtree Dunwoody.
From 400 you can also take I-285 W to I-75 S.
GETTING TO THE CITY FROM THE SOUTH
From I-75/I-85 S exit at I-20 and go either east or west to Northside Dr. or Boulevard. Ave.
You can also exit at 10th and 14th street to take Piedmont to Monroe or exit at Spring and take Peachtree to Piedmont.
The Georgia Department of Transportation wants drivers to beware of the following closures: http://on.11alive.com/2nCL4JD
PHOTOS: The moment I-85 collapsed
PHOTOS: Atlanta interstate fire