As of Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
This section of asphalt will have to be removed and replaced, after a tractor-trailer overturned at about 9 a.m. Thursday.
LAWRENCEVILLE — A tractor-trailer crash damaged Interstate 85 and caused major delays during Thursday morning’s rush hour, and construction crews needed all day to make repairs and reopen all lanes.
The 18-wheeler overturned on I-85 north at the Ga. Highway 316 interchange at about 9 a.m. Thursday, spilling its load of prefabricated concrete walls into the road.
With the subsequent damage spanning about 160 feet in length, five of six lanes on the major interstate were closed.
According to Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Teri Pope, crews were on site by about 10 a.m. removing the concrete and the truck, but other drivers had only the inside lane open for use. Traffic was backed up nearly to Beaver Ruin Road.
Three lanes reopened at about 11:30 a.m., Pope said. The damaged outside lane was opened at about 5 p.m., just in time for rush hour.
Officials said a section of asphalt had to be removed and replaced.