On March 30, 2017, Atlanta commuters' drives were turned upside down in the matter of an hour. During rush hour, a fire started under a bridge along SR 237 (Piedmont Road), causing part of the freeway to collapse around 7:15pm. The fire started around 6pm and firefighters had the fire under control by 8pm. Thankfully no injuries were reported, but this area is traveled by over 250,000 cars daily. Traffic on surface roads and nearby highways increased along with MARTA, which saw a 25% increase within the next day.
It was determined that three sections of the north and south bound sections of I-85 needed to be replaced. Based on C.W. Matthews’ reputation, we were given the opportunity to make the repairs. Our crews worked 24hrs per day, seven days a week to repair the bridge and solve the commute problem for Atlanta area drivers. The project was completed in 44 days, more than a month ahead of schedule.