Few trucking concerns around I-85 collapse: DAT

John G Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Crews are working to reopen I-85 in Atlanta by June 15, following a massive bridge fire that was once expected to close the route for several months. But DAT Solutions doesn’t expect the structure’s collapse to affect the trucking industry that much anyway.

“We don’t anticipate a lot of impact as far as long haul freight goes, since pickup and delivery can be adjusted to avoid the extra traffic on the 285 loop,” writes company spokesman Matt Sullivan.

Southbound freight heading to Florida is expected to face the biggest challenge. While the closure could also affect shipments heading to the Carolinas and other points to the northeastern U.S., those account for a mere 10% of Atlanta’s truck traffic, he says.

Looking at the U.S. as a whole, van rates pushed up a penny per mile in March when compared to February, DAT Solutions also reports. Spot market volumes were 11 cents higher than they were during March 2016.



John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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