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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao paid a visit to the newly rebuilt I-85 bridge Thursday.

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Chao joined Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and other state officials under the reconstructed interstate overpass in Atlanta for a rededication ceremony.

She praised the completed bridge as an example of local, state and federal agencies collaborating to get something done.

The I-85 Bridge Is Up, But How Was It Done?

May 16, 2017
David Goldman / Associated Press

The Georgia Department of Transportation got the Interstate 85 bridge up and running in less than two months. 

What went in to putting the bridge back together again? More than 85,000 man hours, 13 column replacements, 61 beams, more than $16 million and a bit of good fortune, GDOT said.

The following animation shows the process:

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It looks like the section of Interstate 85 that's been closed since March will reopen in time for the Monday morning commute. That's a repair time of less than two months.

What went in to putting the bridge back together again? More than 85,000 man hours, 13 column replacements, 61 beams, and a bit of good fortune, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

The following graphic shows how that all came together.

I-85 Bridge To Reopen Monday, Gov. Deal Announces

May 10, 2017
Alison Guillory / WABE

The area of Interstate 85 that's been closed since a massive fire caused it to collapse in March is expected to reopen as early as Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced at a press conference Wednesday. 

Last week the Georgia Department of Transportation announced they were on track to open before Memorial Day weekend. 

"I am pleasantly surprised by the short time frame and we all should be," Deal said at the conference. "It is a testament to the dedication of a lot of people."

GDOT Offers $3.1M Bonus To Finish Bridge By Late May

Apr 12, 2017
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WABE

CW Matthews, the contractor on the Interstate 85 overpass repairs, could earn more than $3 million in bonuses for finishing early. 

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The Georgia Department of Transportation set the completion date for June 15, but said if CW Matthews can finish three weeks earlier, by May 25, it'll get a $1.5 million bonus. If the contractor finishes the work by May 21, it'll get $2 million. And for every day before May 21, it'll get $200,000 for a potential grand total of $3.1 million. 

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":