KSU economist: I-85 collapse to impact businesses for 'many weeks to come' (Bisnow)

KENNESAW, Ga. | Mar 31, 2017

A rush-hour fire Thursday evening led to the collapse of an elevated portion of a critical artery that provides access from Atlanta to its northern suburbs. As crews work to clean up the wreckage, the region is only beginning to grapple with its impacts.

Making a dollar prediction on the economic impact of this — or even whether the incident could threaten Georgia's gross domestic product in coming quarters — is difficult at this point, said Roger Tutterow, director of the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University. But that does not mean there is no impact.

“You're talking a significant impact to the businesses for the many weeks to come,” Tutterow said. The biggest impact will be felt by businesses near the incident site.

“If you're a professional business service firm, some of them will be able to tell their employees to telecommute,” he said. "But if you're a face-to-face business … this is going to be catastrophic for the near term."

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