Q&A on the News

-- Stephen Smith, Atlanta

A: A piece of bridge joint came out of I-20 in lane No. 3 on Sept. 28, causing a hole 2 feet wide by 6.5 inches deep in the bridge over Six Flags Parkway, Mark D. McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, told Q&A on the News. He said the DOT is investigating reports that it caused damage to several vehicles traveling on I-20 eastbound in Cobb County. Anyone who sustained damage can file a report with GDOT by calling 770-986-1011 and asking for the safety office. Each claim is evaluated and liability is determined on a case-by-case basis, he said.

Q: What president has traveled the most on Air Force One to date?

-- Dianne Brice, Atlanta

A: CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller tells Q&A on the News that it’s safe to say that President George W. Bush flew more, although he doesn’t have flying records for every president. Bush took 1,675 flights on Air Force One in eight years. Since taking office, President Barack Obama has taken 281 flights on Air Force One, the last being his return to Washington from Richmond, Va., on Wednesday. Bush averaged 17 flights a month on Air Force One. Obama is averaging 14, he said.

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