May 16, 2019 from 1:00 PM–12:00 AM

On March 30, 2017 a fire under the I-85 bridge in the City of Atlanta caused the interstate bridge to collapse. Following the collapse, the Governor announced a State of Emergency, and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) began the recovery process with $10 million authorized from FHWA as emergency relief funds.  Six weeks and $16.6 million dollars later, the bridge re-opened for the approximately 243,000 daily weekday trips.

In this webinar, GDOT’s Chief Engineer, Meg Pirkle, will discuss the contracting and implementation process of this speedy project delivery of a major urban highway with local and national economy implications.


Alice Grossman, Policy Analyst, Eno Center for Transportation

Meg Pirkle, Chief Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation
In her capacity as Chief Engineer for Georgia’s Department of Transportation (GDOT), Meg Pirkle manages the engineering, construction, operations, and intermodal divisions of GDOT among others. With thirty years of experience on her belt, Meg Pirkle has established herself as a versatile professional with diverse experience ranging from operations to program management.