Officials implement policy change after 2017 bridge collapse

Officials implement policy change after 2017 bridge collapse

ATLANTA (AP) - Officials say the kind of materials that fed a fire below a metro Atlanta highway overpass which collapsed last year will no longer be stored under state bridges.

News outlets report the Georgia Department of Transportation has officially declared that "only non-combustible materials may be stored under bridges." The policy was finalized in April following the blaze that destroyed part of Interstate 85 in March 2017.

A department spokeswoman told WSB-TV on Monday the policy was formalized and includes input from the state fire marshal's office.

A homeless man has been accused of setting the fire, but the National Transportation Safety Board said last month that the material the department stored underneath had contributed to the flames.

The department previously said it has stopped storing combustible material under Georgia bridges.

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