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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

Road to Recovery: Workers to begin pouring new I-85 bridge deck
 Since a fire led to the collapse of a segment of I-85 in Buckhead March 30, the Georgia Department of Transportation has scrambled to reopen the vital stretch of highway into the heart of Atlanta. Here’s the latest construction update on a project that affects hundreds of thousands of commuters. The work: Contractor C.W. Matthews is...

Posted: 15 hours ago

Since a fire led to the collapse of a segment of I-85 in Buckhead March 30, the Georgia Department of Transportation has scrambled to reopen the vital stretch of highway into the heart of Atlanta. Here’s the latest construction update on a project that affects hundreds of thousands of commuters. The work: Contractor C.W. Matthews is...
Price tag for new I-85 bridge: Up to $16.6 million
 Rebuilding a collapsed section of I-85 in Atlanta will cost taxpayers up to $16.6 million, state officials said Tuesday. And though the Georgia Department of Transportation officials have not announced a new timetable for completing the project, they say construction is going so it’s likely be done before the official June 15 completion...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Rebuilding a collapsed section of I-85 in Atlanta will cost taxpayers up to $16.6 million, state officials said Tuesday. And though the Georgia Department of Transportation officials have not announced a new timetable for completing the project, they say construction is going so it’s likely be done before the official June 15 completion...
Price tag for new I-85 bridge: Up to $16.6 million
 Rebuilding a collapsed section of I-85 in Atlanta will cost taxpayers up to $16.6 million, state officials said Tuesday. And though the Georgia Department of Transportation officials have not announced a new timetable for completing the project, they say construction is going so it’s likely be done before the official June 15 completion...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Rebuilding a collapsed section of I-85 in Atlanta will cost taxpayers up to $16.6 million, state officials said Tuesday. And though the Georgia Department of Transportation officials have not announced a new timetable for completing the project, they say construction is going so it’s likely be done before the official June 15 completion...
MARTA adds parking spaces to court frustrated commuters
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, MARTA has seen a big boost in passengers since I-85 collapsed in Atlanta March 30. The agency hopes to take advantage of the opportunity, turning frustrated commuters into long-term customers. It’s unclear whether it will succeed, but it won’t be for lack of trying....

Posted: a day ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, MARTA has seen a big boost in passengers since I-85 collapsed in Atlanta March 30. The agency hopes to take advantage of the opportunity, turning frustrated commuters into long-term customers. It’s unclear whether it will succeed, but it won’t be for lack of trying....
I-85 bridge collapse: Is MARTA ready for its close-up?
 Day after day and year after year of punishing commutes have not convinced hordes of metro Atlanta drivers to step away from their cars and give MARTA a shot. For a while, $4-a-gallon gasoline did. As gas prices spiked nearly a decade ago, many motorists turned to MARTA. But fuel prices eventually fell again, and the transit system botched...

Posted: 5 days ago

Day after day and year after year of punishing commutes have not convinced hordes of metro Atlanta drivers to step away from their cars and give MARTA a shot. For a while, $4-a-gallon gasoline did. As gas prices spiked nearly a decade ago, many motorists turned to MARTA. But fuel prices eventually fell again, and the transit system botched...
Will Trump’s budget scuttle Atlanta transit projects?
 As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today, metro Atlanta leaders have big plans for expanding MARTA and other transit options over the next two decades. But those plans could be in jeopardy under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. The president would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts...

Posted: 8 days ago

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today, metro Atlanta leaders have big plans for expanding MARTA and other transit options over the next two decades. But those plans could be in jeopardy under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget. The president would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts...
I-85 bridge construction update: The beams have arrived
 Since a fire led to the collapse of a segment of I-85 in Buckhead March 30, the Georgia Department of Transportation has scrambled to reopen the vital stretch of highway into the heart of Atlanta. Here’s the latest construction update on a project that affects hundreds of thousands of commuters. The work: Contractor C.W. Matthews is...

Posted: 8 days ago

Since a fire led to the collapse of a segment of I-85 in Buckhead March 30, the Georgia Department of Transportation has scrambled to reopen the vital stretch of highway into the heart of Atlanta. Here’s the latest construction update on a project that affects hundreds of thousands of commuters. The work: Contractor C.W. Matthews is...
Monday’s highway mishaps heighten Atlanta’s transportation pain
 A big rig filled with chemicals overturns before dawn on the Downtown Connector, a highway that police said it shouldn’t have even been on in the first place, leading to yet another morning of gridlock for commuters. Then before noon, a portion of I-20 in DeKalb County suddenly buckles, turning the asphalt into a ski jump blocking westbound...

Posted: 8 days ago

A big rig filled with chemicals overturns before dawn on the Downtown Connector, a highway that police said it shouldn’t have even been on in the first place, leading to yet another morning of gridlock for commuters. Then before noon, a portion of I-20 in DeKalb County suddenly buckles, turning the asphalt into a ski jump blocking westbound...
GDOT: 2-3 lanes of I-20 will reopen by 5 p.m.
 The Georgia Department of Transportation hopes to have two to three lanes open on I-20 westbound by 5 p.m. today, with the entire highway reopened as soon as noon Tuesday. GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said the agency is using ground-penetrating radar to ensure the ground other the other lanes is stable before reopening them. Dale did not...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation hopes to have two to three lanes open on I-20 westbound by 5 p.m. today, with the entire highway reopened as soon as noon Tuesday. GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said the agency is using ground-penetrating radar to ensure the ground other the other lanes is stable before reopening them. Dale did not...
Trump budget could jeopardize metro Atlanta transit expansion
 President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would deprive the Atlanta region of some $3 billion in future funding for expanding mass transit. Some of the region’s biggest transit projects — including several future MARTA expansions, a Cobb County bus rapid transit line and expansions of the Atlanta Streetcar and Beltline &mdash...

Posted: 8 days ago

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would deprive the Atlanta region of some $3 billion in future funding for expanding mass transit. Some of the region’s biggest transit projects — including several future MARTA expansions, a Cobb County bus rapid transit line and expansions of the Atlanta Streetcar and Beltline &mdash...