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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

Atlanta traffic after I-85: It’s going to get worse
 When I-85 went up in flames March 30, it made Atlanta traffic that much worse. So the region marveled when it reopened recently, just six weeks after it lay in ruins. But the quick fix to I-85 only restores commuting to its usual state of misery. We’re still stuck in traffic, still paying the price for spending hours on the...

Posted: a day ago

When I-85 went up in flames March 30, it made Atlanta traffic that much worse. So the region marveled when it reopened recently, just six weeks after it lay in ruins. But the quick fix to I-85 only restores commuting to its usual state of misery. We’re still stuck in traffic, still paying the price for spending hours on the...
The new I-85 bridge: Step by step
 Rebuilding a bridge might seem as simple as snapping the pieces together like an oversized Lego set. But it’s far more complicated. Since I-85 in Buckhead collapsed March 30, dozens of C.W. Matthews employees have worked 24 hours a day to demolish the old bridge and build the new one. State inspectors have been at their side, checking...

Posted: a day ago

Rebuilding a bridge might seem as simple as snapping the pieces together like an oversized Lego set. But it’s far more complicated. Since I-85 in Buckhead collapsed March 30, dozens of C.W. Matthews employees have worked 24 hours a day to demolish the old bridge and build the new one. State inspectors have been at their side, checking...
U.S. transportation chief praises Georgia’s response to I-85 collapse
 The federal government’s top transportation official came to Atlanta Thursday to survey the new I-85 bridge she has agreed to pay for. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Gov. Nathan Deal and other Georgia officials at the new bridge for a belated celebration of its opening last weekend — just six weeks after...

Posted: 4 days ago

The federal government’s top transportation official came to Atlanta Thursday to survey the new I-85 bridge she has agreed to pay for. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao joined Gov. Nathan Deal and other Georgia officials at the new bridge for a belated celebration of its opening last weekend — just six weeks after...
Atlanta traffic after I-85: It’s going to get worse
 Troy Ernst drives different routes to work, depending on the time of day and the season. He uses Google Maps alerts to navigate around accidents. But there’s no secret route or magic app that can whisk Ernst from his home in Grayson to his job in Atlanta. Most days it takes 50 minutes to an hour to get there, if accidents don&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

Troy Ernst drives different routes to work, depending on the time of day and the season. He uses Google Maps alerts to navigate around accidents. But there’s no secret route or magic app that can whisk Ernst from his home in Grayson to his job in Atlanta. Most days it takes 50 minutes to an hour to get there, if accidents don&rsquo...
U.S. transportation secretary to visit I-85 bridge Thursday
 U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will visit Atlanta Thursday as Georgia celebrates the reopening of I-85. Chao with join Gov. Nathan Deal for a ceremony dedicating the rebuilt stretch of highway near Piedmont Road, which reopened last weekend just six weeks after a fire caused the bridge to collapse March 30. Construction of the...

Posted: 5 days ago

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will visit Atlanta Thursday as Georgia celebrates the reopening of I-85. Chao with join Gov. Nathan Deal for a ceremony dedicating the rebuilt stretch of highway near Piedmont Road, which reopened last weekend just six weeks after a fire caused the bridge to collapse March 30. Construction of the...
Court rejects Atlanta taxi lawsuit over competition from Uber, Lyft
 The Georgia Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal by Atlanta taxi drivers who claimed the General Assembly cost them big money when it allowed Uber and other ride-hailing services to compete for their customers. In a lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court, the taxi drivers said they spent tens of thousands of dollars to...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal by Atlanta taxi drivers who claimed the General Assembly cost them big money when it allowed Uber and other ride-hailing services to compete for their customers. In a lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court, the taxi drivers said they spent tens of thousands of dollars to...
Atlanta’s new I-85 bridge: Is it safe?
 Six weeks ago, an elevated highway that carried hundreds of thousands of people a day lay in smoking ruins, and metro Atlanta residents despaired at what surely would be months of punishing commutes. This morning, motorists are cruising over that section of I-85, which reopened over the weekend, leaving commuters to marvel at what...

Posted: 7 days ago

Six weeks ago, an elevated highway that carried hundreds of thousands of people a day lay in smoking ruins, and metro Atlanta residents despaired at what surely would be months of punishing commutes. This morning, motorists are cruising over that section of I-85, which reopened over the weekend, leaving commuters to marvel at what...
I-85 northbound reopens in Atlanta
 Six weeks after I-85 in Atlanta collapsed in a ball of flames, the Georgia Department of Transportation reopened the northbound lanes of the highway Friday evening. The lanes opened at about 7 p.m., and the first vehicles rolled across the newly constructed stretch of highway minutes later. The southbound lanes are expected to open by Sunday...

Posted: 10 days ago

Six weeks after I-85 in Atlanta collapsed in a ball of flames, the Georgia Department of Transportation reopened the northbound lanes of the highway Friday evening. The lanes opened at about 7 p.m., and the first vehicles rolled across the newly constructed stretch of highway minutes later. The southbound lanes are expected to open by Sunday...
I-85 northbound lanes reopen in Atlanta
 The Georgia Department of Transportation has reopened the northbound lanes of I-85 in Atlanta. The lanes opened about 7 p.m. Friday after workers finished the last preparations for opening those lanes. The southbound lanes are expected to open by Sunday. The opening comes six weeks after I-85 burst into flames and collapsed near Piedmont...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Georgia Department of Transportation has reopened the northbound lanes of I-85 in Atlanta. The lanes opened about 7 p.m. Friday after workers finished the last preparations for opening those lanes. The southbound lanes are expected to open by Sunday. The opening comes six weeks after I-85 burst into flames and collapsed near Piedmont...
I-85 bridge: Fast construction is safe, experts say
 Six weeks ago, an elevated highway that carried hundreds of thousands of people a day lay in smoking ruins, and metro Atlanta residents despaired at what surely would be months of punishing commutes. This weekend, the state opened all lanes on the rebuilt section of I-85 - a full month ahead of schedule - leaving commuters to marvel at what...

Posted: 10 days ago

Six weeks ago, an elevated highway that carried hundreds of thousands of people a day lay in smoking ruins, and metro Atlanta residents despaired at what surely would be months of punishing commutes. This weekend, the state opened all lanes on the rebuilt section of I-85 - a full month ahead of schedule - leaving commuters to marvel at what...
GDOT prepares to reopen I-85 in Atlanta
 Last-minute preparations for the reopening of I-85 in Atlanta begin tonight, state transportation officials said Thursday. The Georgia Department of Transportation plans lane closures and traffic pacing in the area beginning tonight as it prepares to restore traffic conditions that existed prior to the collapse...

Posted: 11 days ago

Last-minute preparations for the reopening of I-85 in Atlanta begin tonight, state transportation officials said Thursday. The Georgia Department of Transportation plans lane closures and traffic pacing in the area beginning tonight as it prepares to restore traffic conditions that existed prior to the collapse...