Q&A on the News

Q: Was there an official headcount for the Atlanta March for Science at Candler Park on April 22?

—Leigh Ann Harvey, Johns Creek

A: The Atlanta Police Department’s official headcount was 4,000 people, spokesman Sgt. Warren Pickard told Q&A on the News in an email. However, event organizers estimated the turnout was between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

“As people began pouring in, we were excited that so many people were as enthusiastic as we were about standing up for science,” the event’s director, Jasmine Clark, an instructor at Georgia State University Perimeter College and a guest lecturer at Emory School of Nursing, told Q&A on the News via email. “There were infants all the way up to older adults, and the crowd was extremely diverse! It was beautiful.”

Q: I read the concrete beams that are repairing the I-85 bridge were made locally. Could you tell me if that is the company in Hiram, Ga., that makes concrete products?

—Michelle Barnett, Powder Springs

A: The beams were manufactured by Standard Concrete Products, which has plants in Atlanta, Savannah and Tampa, Fla.

“We placed a total of 61 beams in six spans,” Dan Garcia, president of C.W. Matthews Contracting Co., told Q&A on the News via email. “The beams for five of the spans were cast in Atlanta, and the beams for the span over Piedmont Road were cast in Savannah.”

Fast Copy News Service wrote this column; Katie Tiler contributed. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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