Tucker begins 2021 paving program

Photo provided by the city of Tucker.

Tucker, GA — The city of Tucker on March 10 announced the start of its 2021 paving program.

The work began Tuesday, March 9, on Smithsonia Drive. Tucker plans to spend $4 million repaving 62 of the city’s worst roads between now and the fall. The Tucker City Council at its March 8 meeting unanimously approved the contract for the work.

“This is another huge step toward creating a better quality of life for our residents,” City Engineer Ken Hildebrandt said in a press release. “You’ll see construction crews working on roads across the City for the next several months. We’ll do our very best to provide advance notice to those who will be impacted. There will be some temporary inconveniences, but we promise that in the long run it’ll be worthwhile.”

It will be mostly paid for through sales tax revenue, known as SPLOST.

“More than $2.1 million will be generated by the penny tax, which was approved overwhelmingly by DeKalb County voters in 2017,” the press release from the city says. “The tax will continue to be collected through 2024. An additional $360,000 for the road resurfacings will come from the Georgia Department of Transportation, while the Mayor and City Council allocated $1 million in general fund money.”

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