Too soon? Twitter memes tackle Atlanta traffic and I-85 collapse

MARCH 30, 2017 Motorists pass by a colossal fire that caused the collapse of I-85 in Midtown at the height of rush hour Thursday evening, stranding thousands of motorists and shuttering a main gateway to the heart of Atlanta indefinitely.
The northbound lanes of I-85 collapsed at Piedmont Road, just south of Ga. 400, about 7 p.m. as firefighters battled an intense blaze beneath the interstate. Authorities said they did not know the cause of the fire – but the Georgia State Patrol said there was no evidence of a terrorist attack. Courtesy Jackson Klinefelter

Morning traffic snarls resulting from a Thursday evening fire (and subsequent collapse on I-85) made good fodder for Twitter memes on Friday.

Read more: Fire, bridge collapse shut down I-85 in Buckhead indefinitely

Marta, the Walking Dead and the Dukes of Hazzard all brought a bit of levity to an event which was at once scary and frustrating for a number of Atlantans.

While some social media users suggested it was too soon to make fun of the event even though there were no injuries, others couldn’t resist taking a jab at the roadways that already struggle with some of the worst traffic in the nation:

On Thursday night, the Georgia Department of Transportation declined to put a timetable on repair of the highway, saying that the interstate will be closed indefinitely.

It’s all kind of untimely considering Georgia was recently ranked second in the country for having the best roadways.

An impressive 81 percent of Georgia roadways are in good condition according to the study, which used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to examine roadway and bridge conditions, road growth and the costs associated with driving.

Now unfortunately, with the collapse and closure of I-85, I-285  — already considered the nation’s deadliest interstate — is about to get more traffic.

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someonesdad
someonesdad

Why would it be too soon?  No one was hurt or injured.

bbleakly
bbleakly

Two ideas, why not make Buford highway one way during rush hours and detour around I-85 for a few exits.  Second, create a temporary route for Piedmont a few hundred feet to the right under the road and reopen this vital arterial.  

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Hey DOT- you think storing flammables under the freeway in an area where vagrants hang out might not be a good idea?

Diana
Diana

@lvg There were no flammable items being stored under the bridge. They were PVC piping for road work that has been stored there for 10 years. The only way a fire started was a spark from an outside source.

someonesdad
someonesdad

@lvg Don't blame the DOT.  Blame the idiot drug addict.