ATLANTA - For the first time, we're getting an idea of when the northwest corridor express lanes will actually open following the partial wall collapse.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington learned exclusively from the Georgia Department of Transportation that taxpayers will not have to foot the bill for the repairs to the wall. As for the when the lanes will reopen, GDOT said that is still unclear.
Part of the facade wall of the new express lanes on Interstate 75 collapsed earlier this summer and immediately sparked questions about the project and when it would actually open.
Last weekend, GDOT received the official report about the investigation into the collapse and the repairs needed.
Officials said the repairs will be at the cost of the developer and not from taxpayer dollars.
“Our original goal was to open by the end of the summer. Certainly now we don’t have a set ribbon cutting for this project, but were not going to open a project until its safe and complete, so were going to take our time,” GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale, said.
Dale reiterated that the report showed the retaining walls are still structurally sound, the repairs will be to only the facade walls.
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