While the I-85 overpass collapse was a nightmare for the thousands of Atlantans who had the crux of their commute go up in flames, it gave city officials a glut of data regarding traffic patterns and transit usage that under normal circumstances would have been near impossible to quantify.
With two and a half months of data available we can see just how much the collapse affected the city as well as how Atlanta commuters dealt with the problem, whether it was via I-285, surface streets, or switching to public transportation. The results may not be surprising, (hint: traffic got a lot worse) but they are quite interesting, as we got a first hand look at how one of the most trafficked cities in America reacts when a main roadway-artery is severed.
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