DAT Transportation Solutions in a blog posted by Ken Harper says that the collapse of a section of bridge on I-85 just north of Atlanta was shocking because no injuries were reported, and its impact on spot market truckload freight “has been and probably will be muted.”
I-85 runs through Atlanta but isn't a major truck lane, since most trucks have to take I-285 to go around Atlanta, he points out.
Despite traffic jams slowing freight entering and leaving Atlanta for the next few months, the impact on truckload freight is likely to be limited to freight going to and from Charlotte and the Carolinas and other points north, which accounts for about 10 percent of Atlanta's truck traffic, he notes.
Warehouses on the south side of Atlanta will be impacted the least or not at all, since their focus is on shipping to Florida, he adds, with shipments west to Birmingham and northwest to Nashville impacted only moderately.
Also, L.A. has replaced Atlanta as the No. 1 key market area for outbound van loads, but this has more to do with Oxnard and Santa Ana valley fruits starting to move, as well as other leafy green vegetables from El Centro and Imperial Valley that move without needing refrigerated units.