atl-i20

via Twitter @JalynnXhena_

In less than 30 days, another major interstate highway has collapsed in Atlanta. During a busy traffic period in Atlanta, a section of Interstate 20 West buckled. The incident occurred near Gresham Road which is a few miles west of downtown Atlanta.

According to reports by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the collapse occurred due to an underground gas leak. Currently, all lanes are closed on I-20 West creating another traffic conundrum in a city that has suffered from traffic issues for decades.

Several weeks ago, a massive fire on I-85 North caused a portion on the bridge to collapse. Following the fire, Basil Elebry, an alleged drug addict, was arrested for causing the fire after reportedly smoking crack. But many people in the Atlanta area believed that Elebry was being used as a scapegoat.

For decades, Atlanta has suffered from infrastructure problems due to poor planning by city and state officials. According to the Global Traffic Scorecard, Atlanta ranked eighth in the world for traffic congestion. And although the state recently passed a $750 million budget to improve roads and bridges, construction has yet to accommodate the millions of drivers who drive Georgia roads each day.

Furthermore, racial propaganda has kept MARTA out of the surrounding counties. As a result, only 3 percent of residents in the metro area use public transit.

Without a focused plan of action, similar incidents could take place a city that has witnessed two major highway issues within a month.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.