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Too soon? Twitter memes tackle Atlanta traffic and I-85 collapse


Morning traffic snarls resulting from a Thursday evening fire (and subsequent collapse on I-85) made good fodder for Twitter memes on Friday.

Read more: Fire, bridge collapse shut down I-85 in Buckhead indefinitely

Marta, the Walking Dead and the Dukes of Hazzard all brought a bit of levity to an event which was at once scary and frustrating for a number of Atlantans.

While some social media users suggested it was too soon to make fun of the event even though there were no injuries, others couldn't resist taking a jab at the roadways that already struggle with some of the worst traffic in the nation:

On Thursday night, the Georgia Department of Transportation declined to put a timetable on repair of the highway, saying that the interstate will be closed indefinitely.

It's all kind of untimely considering Georgia was recently ranked second in the country for having the best roadways .

An impressive 81 percent of Georgia roadways are in good condition according to the study, which used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to examine roadway and bridge conditions, road growth and the costs associated with driving.

Now unfortunately, with the collapse and closure of I-85, I-285  -- already considered the nation's deadliest interstate -- is about to get more traffic.


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