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Governor Deal’s State of Transportation

I hope metro Atlanta drivers paid close attention to Governor Nathan Deal’s “State of the State” address last week. If his words were any indication of what is important to the State of Georgia, your rides and out roads are a top priority. After hearing clips of the speech on ...

2015 bringing changes

Two thousand fifteen. Twenty fifteen. 2015. It feels weird typing that. It feels weird reading that. As a child of the 70's and 80's the year 2015 was the far off distant future. We got a glimpse of that possible future in the movie Back To The Future Part 2 ...

Cold weather is coming!

Frost officially arrived on my windshield last week, signaling the start of the winter driving season here in Atlanta. Before the real snow and ice arrive in the metro area, now is a good time to make sure your vehicle is winter-ready. The first thing I suggest you do is ...

Final day of toll collection on GA 400

No tolls, more traffic

Almost one year ago, November 21, 2014 the last toll was collected on Ga. 400. It marked the end of a twenty-year collection on the state highway. As the last 50 cent toll was collected Georgia Governor Nathan Deal beamed. “I made a promise that the tolls would end when ...

Uber in Atlanta

I was born into a taxi cab family. My dad was a cab driver. His father was a cab driver. His father’s father drove a horse and buggy. His father’s father was a rickshaw driver. I’ve got taxis in my blood. My favorite colors are yellow and black. My first ...

Expensive Commutes

Earlier this month the website nerdwallet.com released a study examining Atlanta traffic. Using census data, average gas prices and insurance premiums, the report attempted to identify the costliest commutes in the metro area.  I found the results quite surprising. According to their data here are the ten most expensive commutes ...

Traffic Technology

In the seventeen years that I've been reporting traffic in Atlanta there have been many technological advances that make my reports better, more accurate and more timely. The increased capabilities of the internet has been huge including email and traffic sensors. Social media has become a great way to get traffic ...

Punishment to fit the crime?

I was alerted to news this week out of Shenzhen, China, about a new punishment for ill behaving drivers. According to multiple news sources, the police department in Shenzhen has come up with a unique way to punish drivers who use their high-beams "inappropriately." Violators of whatever high-beam laws are currently ...

Annual Traffic Show

Last Tuesday WSB Radio held its semi-annual Traffic Show. One of the guests on the program was Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden. He answered listener’s questions on the air. Here is a sampling. Q: Why is traffic so bad on GA  400 southbound between Haynes Bridge and Holcomb ...

Concert Traffic

Usually I use this column as a vehicle, no pun intended, to give commuting advice, warn of expected construction, or tips on how to make your commute easier. For the first time since I began to pen this weekly piece almost four years ago, I am here to advise you ...

Key West

Last weekend my wife and I went to a wedding in Key West, Florida. We opted to fly from Atlanta to Ft. Lauderdale then rent a car for the drive to Key West. Once you leave the "mainland" the drive is all along a 127-mile stretch of U.S. 1 which ...

285-400 Q&A

Last week in this column I introduced you to the new I-285/Ga 400 interchange proposal. Wanting more information on the project, I along with my colleagues from WSB Radio (Scott Slade, Doug Turnbull and Mark McKay) had the opportunity to have a "question and answer" session with Russell McMurry, Chief ...

Just your average Wednesday rush hour: This shot, taken in November, 2012, shows why Gov. Nathan Deal and state highway officials have chosen the rebuilding of the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange as the state’s most critical highway project. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

The 285/400 Interchange

If you didn't get a chance to read Andria Simmons' article in Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, stop what you are doing right now, find yesterday's paper or go read it on myajc.com. In case you didn't follow my instructions, the piece was an in-depth, exclusive look at what the new I-285/Ga ...

Universal tolls?!?!

As I've mentioned many times in this column before, I'm a road trip kind of guy. I love jumping in my Jeep for a weekend trip to Florida, or packing the dogs and heading up north to visit my family in Connecticut and New York. Nothing clears my head better ...

Solar Roadways

We are approaching that time of the year when it becomes so hot outside, you can actually fry an egg on the pavement. We've seen it done before. I imagine every local television station in all 50 states at one time or another has sent a reporter out to the ...

Graduation Speech I gave in 2012 to St. Francis High School

Thank you for the privilege of being your graduation speaker. First off, I'd like to say congratulations to the Class of 2012. All of your hard work has paid off and you will forever remember this day and your time at St. Francis...   Now, the bad news. You are ...

School's out for Summer!

That giant sigh of relief you hear as you leave the house this morning will be emanating from teachers and traffic reporters all over the metro area.   Summer is here and no one is happier than the nation's teachers and the nation's traffic reporters.   Historically, when school ends ...

Help for 316

One full week of rush hours has passed since the new State Route 20 bridge over Highway 316 opened last Saturday. The bridge, which is 10 lanes wide, including six travel lanes and four turn lanes is a big part of a $37.4 million project along the 316 interchange. Perhaps ...

Atlantans, like Bostonians should use their ‘blinkahs’

On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation decided to use a little humor to pass along a very important message to motorists. On electronic message boards all around Boston (much like the signs we have here) all read: “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.” “Blinkah” is how Bostonians pronounce the word ...

TRAFFIC KNOT--Jan. 9, 2014 Atlanta: Rush hour traffic backed up more than eight miles Thursday morning, Jan. 9 2014 behind a truck wreck on I-75 in Cobb County. The truck ran off the right side of I-75 southbound just before the North Marietta Parkway exit about 6:30 a.m. and overturned, according to the state Department of Transportation. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Authorities initially blocked two southbound lanes. Only one lane was blocked at 7:30, but the DOT reported an eight-mile backup on I-75 southbound. All lanes had reopened by 10:30 a.m., but the truck was still overturned, emergency vehicles remained on the scene and southbound traffic was still backed up about three miles. Northbound lanes were not affected, but fire crews were sent to douse several brush fires that broke out later along the northbound shoulder of the interstate just south of the North Marietta Parkway. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

Timing is everything!

They say in life, timing is everything. I couldn't agree more. It seems more often than not, my timing is always off. Whether its pulling into the McDonald's drive-thru, two minutes after they stop serving breakfast, or getting caught in a downpour while walking my dogs, it seems I sometimes ...

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