The TIME Task Force Executive Briefing Breakfast attracted executives from across the region, including representatives of all responding disciplines, DOTs, Mayors and County Commissioners to hear updates on traffic incident management.

Col. Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, delivered a brief, inspiring message on leadership and stewardship of subordinate leaders by pointing out: “Time and tide wait for no man.” He drove home the point that having excellent succession planning is a must for organizational success.

Keynote speaker GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry discussed the I-85 fire and subsequent bridge collapse. He spoke beyond the incident by adding how GDOT partnered quickly with others to mitigate the disruption, demolish the damaged sections, provide public information and get the new sections built. The nation took notice of how Georgia made quick work of getting I-85 reopened without compromising design, building, or components.

Outstanding Responder Awards were given to those agencies that played a direct role in the success of the bridge fire recovery: GDOT Traffic Management Center, GDOT HERO, Atlanta Police, Atlanta Fire, the Georgia State Patrol and GDOT Traffic Operations division. The traditional TIMESaver Awards will be presented at our upcoming TIME Conference in November.