David Wickert

Reporter for Enterprise

David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties. A University of Tennessee graduate, he previously worked at newspapers in Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois and Washington state.

Latest from David Wickert

One more icy commute for metro Atlanta
 With temperatures below freezing, the Georgia Department of Transportation urges motorists to proceed with caution if they have to drive today. The department worked overnight to apply brine to keep roads from refreezing. But icy patches are expected until the sun rises and temperatures rise above freezing later this morning. With ...

Posted: a day ago

With temperatures below freezing, the Georgia Department of Transportation urges motorists to proceed with caution if they have to drive today. The department worked overnight to apply brine to keep roads from refreezing. But icy patches are expected until the sun rises and temperatures rise above freezing later this morning. With ...
Winter storm’s effects linger into third day, but warmer days coming
 After two days of icy roads and freezing weather, metro Atlanta finally began to thaw Thursday afternoon. And the warm-up will continue Friday and through the weekend, according to forecasters. But things won’t be completely back to normal for the final workday of a week interrupted by the latest winter storm. Any precipitation that...

Posted: a day ago

After two days of icy roads and freezing weather, metro Atlanta finally began to thaw Thursday afternoon. And the warm-up will continue Friday and through the weekend, according to forecasters. But things won’t be completely back to normal for the final workday of a week interrupted by the latest winter storm. Any precipitation that...
MARTA to operate on modified schedule Friday
 MARTA will continue to operate on a modified schedule Friday because of winter weather, the agency announced. The state’s Xpress bus service, CobbLinc and Gwinnett County Transit will resume normal operations Friday. MARTA Rail service resumed at 4:30 a.m. Friday and will run on a modified weekend schedule with trains arriving...

Posted: a day ago

MARTA will continue to operate on a modified schedule Friday because of winter weather, the agency announced. The state’s Xpress bus service, CobbLinc and Gwinnett County Transit will resume normal operations Friday. MARTA Rail service resumed at 4:30 a.m. Friday and will run on a modified weekend schedule with trains arriving...
It’s not over: Georgia DOT warns of ice tonight and Friday
 3:47 p.m. update: Georgia interstates are clear and other highways are at least passable. But the Georgia Department of Transportation expects more problems tonight and tomorrow and roads refreeze. “Our biggest concerns are still going to be the potential for patchy black ice,” GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said Thursday...

Posted: 2 days ago

3:47 p.m. update: Georgia interstates are clear and other highways are at least passable. But the Georgia Department of Transportation expects more problems tonight and tomorrow and roads refreeze. “Our biggest concerns are still going to be the potential for patchy black ice,” GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said Thursday...
Georgia DOT: Why 2 inches of snow is sometimes harder to plow than 12 inches
 Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com One storm dumped up to 12 inches of snow on parts of metro Atlanta, and most highways were 
            cleared in a few hours. The other blanketed the region in about 2 inches of snow, and some highways 
            remained icy 24 hours later. The Georgia Department of Transportation says this Tale of Two...

Posted: 2 days ago

Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com One storm dumped up to 12 inches of snow on parts of metro Atlanta, and most highways were cleared in a few hours. The other blanketed the region in about 2 inches of snow, and some highways remained icy 24 hours later. The Georgia Department of Transportation says this Tale of Two...
Snow creates mess of roadways, but warmer relief on the way
 The snow may have looked pretty, but the novelty of the Atlanta area’s latest winter storm is gone. This morning’s commute will again be tricky, despite around-the-clock efforts to clear the roads. The storm that arrived Tuesday evening was initially expected to focus on North Georgia, but once again reached far south in the state...

Posted: 2 days ago

The snow may have looked pretty, but the novelty of the Atlanta area’s latest winter storm is gone. This morning’s commute will again be tricky, despite around-the-clock efforts to clear the roads. The storm that arrived Tuesday evening was initially expected to focus on North Georgia, but once again reached far south in the state...
Georgia DOT: Roads in good shape, but will refreeze tonight
 2:55 p.m. update: Sun and wind have helped clear ice from metro Atlanta highways. But the improved conditions won’t last. Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Higley said state highways are expected to refreeze as the sun goes down, making driving a hazardous proposition this evening and early tomorrow. “Our...

Posted: 3 days ago

2:55 p.m. update: Sun and wind have helped clear ice from metro Atlanta highways. But the improved conditions won’t last. Georgia Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Higley said state highways are expected to refreeze as the sun goes down, making driving a hazardous proposition this evening and early tomorrow. “Our...
Former MARTA exec sentenced to 33 months in $500,000 scheme
 A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former MARTA executive to 33 months in prison for his role in a scheme that cost the agency more than $500,000. Joseph Erves, 53, MARTA’s former senior director of operations, admitted orchestrating a false invoice scheme that led the agency to pay for maintenance work that was never performed...

Posted: 3 days ago

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former MARTA executive to 33 months in prison for his role in a scheme that cost the agency more than $500,000. Joseph Erves, 53, MARTA’s former senior director of operations, admitted orchestrating a false invoice scheme that led the agency to pay for maintenance work that was never performed...
Georgia DOT preps state highways for winter weather
 The Georgia Department of Transportation is applying brine to state highways in all counties north of Macon. FILE PHOTO BY
               JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM The Georgia Department of Transportation is prepping state highways for possible 
            winter weather later today. Spokeswoman Natalie Dale said GDOT is applying...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation is applying brine to state highways in all counties north of Macon. FILE PHOTO BY JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM The Georgia Department of Transportation is prepping state highways for possible  winter weather later today. Spokeswoman Natalie Dale said GDOT is applying...
Do you support requiring Georgia drivers to use hands-free cell phone technology?
 Traffic fatalities rose by a third in Georgia from 2014 to 2016. Experts say distracted driving is a leading cause. JOHN SPINK
               /JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
            reported Wednesday, some Georgia lawmakers want to address rising traffic fatalities by requiring drivers to use hands-free cell phone...

Posted: 9 days ago

Traffic fatalities rose by a third in Georgia from 2014 to 2016. Experts say distracted driving is a leading cause. JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday, some Georgia lawmakers want to address rising traffic fatalities by requiring drivers to use hands-free cell phone...
Bill would require hands-free phone technology for Georgia drivers
 Hoping to stem rising traffic fatalities on Georgia highways, state lawmakers Wednesday unveiled a proposal to require drivers to use hands-free cell-phone technology. House Bill 673 also would increase the fine for distracted driving from $150 to up to $900 for repeat offenders. And it would increase the penalty from 1 point assessed against...

Posted: 9 days ago

Hoping to stem rising traffic fatalities on Georgia highways, state lawmakers Wednesday unveiled a proposal to require drivers to use hands-free cell-phone technology. House Bill 673 also would increase the fine for distracted driving from $150 to up to $900 for repeat offenders. And it would increase the penalty from 1 point assessed against...