ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) - City officials have reopened a bridge in downtown Atlanta that was closed after a fire damaged the structure and sent chunks of concrete raining down to the street below.
According to the AJC, Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive bridge that was closed reopened shortly after 4:30 p.m . Wednesday, just in time for the afternoon rush hour.
The bridge had been closed since around rush hour Tuesday, when a fire underneath the bridge destroyed a homeless encampment.
City engineers spent much of Wednesday inspecting the bridge.
Richard Mendoza, commissioner of Atlanta’s Public Works Department, said in a statement Wednesday that the bridge had been exposed to extreme heat, and engineers conducted a thorough inspection to determine if there was any structural damage.
The blaze broke out Tuesday in a homeless camp near the Martin Luther King Jr. bridge.
The fire was so hot that it heated up the concrete and caused large pieces to fall.