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Does ATL’s top cop think we’re only one incident away from total gridlock? Yup.

1:01 pm Apr. 17, 2017

With the I-85 path to north metro Atlanta shut down for weeks to come, one thing has become perfectly clear. Your ability to get where you need to go now hangs by a hair. Consider:

— In today’s wee hours, at 3 a.m., a tractor-trailer toting hundreds of gallons of benzoyl chloride and 50 gallons of diesel fuel overturned in a collision with an SUV on the Downtown Connector. Northbound

The political impact of an interstate set ablaze

9:00 am Apr. 1, 2017

Behold, metro Atlanta’s new slogan: “If I can get there from here.”

It likely won’t win any marketing contests, and chambers of commerce will hate it, but it’ll be on the tip of many and many a tongue over the next two or three months.

And just maybe, it will serve as the rallying cry that we need.

In the early scramble to deal with an interstate set ablaze, Gov. Nathan Deal was

Feds greenlight $10 million for emergency repair work after I-85 collapse

1:37 pm Mar. 31, 2017

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday announced plans to send $10 million in emergency relief dollars to the state of Georgia to assist with cleanup and repair efforts on a portion of I-85 that collapsed Thursday evening.

The funding, which is being administered by the Federal Highway Administration, is aimed at restoring short-term access to the site, as well as initiating the most pressing repairs to

In a first, Cobb County shifts on commuter rail

5:34 pm Mar. 29, 2017

The history of metro Atlanta inched forward late Tuesday night. For the first time, the Cobb County Commission formally addressed the issue of commuter rail without use of the words “hell” and “no.”

On a 5-0 vote, commissioners offered up a definite maybe.

But tectonic plates can shake the world by moving only a few centimeters, a fact recognized within the state Capitol. The Legislature, down to its last allotted hours in