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(ATLANTA) — A suspicious package report closed a major highway in Atlanta on Monday, causing extreme traffic ahead of the evening rush hour.

The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that 14th Street closed between Techwood Dr. and West Peachtree St. and I-75/85 closed north and southbound at 14th Street. The ramps to 14th from I-75/85 in both directions were also closed.

All lanes of travel were reopened later in the afternoon on Monday and the scene was “rendered all clear,” Atlanta police told ABC News.


They’re turning folks around and sending them off the highway. @Atlanta_Traffic pic.twitter.com/ld7F8wPjWv

— Erika (@ErikaBirg) February 2, 2015



People are turning around, backing up, doing whatever they can to get off the highway #atltraffic pic.twitter.com/EISo2PVYmX

— Erika (@ErikaBirg) February 2, 2015


The highway will remain closed as the investigation continues, the Atlanta police reported.

This isn’t the first time severe traffic has struck Atlanta.

One year ago, a freak snowstorm turned the city’s roads into sheets of ice and left thousands of drivers stranded. A driver trying to get to the airport told ABC News he traveled one mile in eight hours.

This driver said he spent 19 hours on the road:


One year ago today… @audreybeckman and I spent 19 hours stuck on the highway. #Atlanta #snowmageddon2014 pic.twitter.com/2TF1UHMrXy

— Kyle Beckman (@kobeckman) January 29, 2015


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