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I-85 Highway Collapse Prompts States to Reexamine Bridges

Earlier this spring, a massive fire under Atlanta’s Interstate 85 weakened the structure enough to cause an elevated section to come crashing down, causing a transportation crisis for one of the country’s most congested cities. It took six weeks to rebuild the destroyed part of the road, which reopened on May 13, more than a month ahead of schedule. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire or the collapse. The investigation into the cause of the fire is not yet complete, but officials say that someone started a fire beneath the highway, using construction materials such as plastic and fiberglass tubes as fuel. Those materials had been sitting on a lot under the overpass for over six years. This begs the question – what else is the state storing under these overpasses? And how do we prevent something like this from happening again? Why Was This Flammable Material Being…
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