Workers removing Atlanta bridge fence debris

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Posted: Aug 15, 2011 6:06 AM
Workers removing Atlanta bridge fence debris

The Georgia Department of Transportation says road crews are continuing to work to remove metal fencing that fell from Atlanta's 17th Street bridge and crashed onto six northbound lanes of the city's Downtown Connector.

The DOT says that while work to clear the debris continues Monday morning, all lanes of the freeway are open. Some ramps from the freeway are blocked.

DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon says one theory being considered is that a broken bolt loosened one of the 2,000-pound metal panels and triggered a domino-like effect along the eastbound side of the bridge.

The 830-foot steel box girder bridge, which cost $38.2 million, opened in 2004 and links Atlanta's Midtown with a bustling live-in community of shops, trendy restaurants and homes.