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Bridge collapse vs. snowstorm: Why one has no effect on shipping rates

 Georgia DOT officials estimate a June 15 date for reopening of the collapses I-85 bridge just south of Atlanta ( Photo: Georgia DOT )
Georgia DOT officials estimate a June 15 date for reopening of the collapses I-85 bridge just south of Atlanta ( Photo: Georgia DOT )

On Thursday, March 30, a bridge collapsed in Atlanta. In the middle of March, a snowstorm affected the East Coast for two days. One of these events boosted shipping rates, the other barely moved the needle.

Can you guess which one affected rates? The answer, surprisingly, is the snowstorm. And therein lies the volatility question that brokers, carriers and shippers deal with on a daily basis. What event is going to impact their rate structure?

Let’s start with the I-85 bridge collapse in Atlanta, which Georgia DOT officials hope to have the bridge open by June 15. According to DAT’s Ken Harper, the collapse due to a fire that melted structural beams, has had almost no impact on spot truckload traffic in the area. The reason, he wrote in a company blog, is because most trucks running in the area avoid this stretch of highway because it runs through the city of Atlanta. Most trucks running through the area travel I-285 to go around Atlanta.


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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and fleetowner.com. Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.
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