Tucker City Council: Progress on Old Norcross Road sidewalks inches along

Tucker City Hall. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — Tucker City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 22 to move forward with the installation of sidewalks on Old Norcross Road. The project has been a priority since 2018, when Tucker began working with residents on the strategic transportation master plan.

One resident told Tucker Observer the progress is long overdue.

The design is complete, said City Engineer Ken Hildebrandt. The city of Tucker contracted with Atlas Technical Consultants to research temporary construction easements, which are required to move forward. Contacting property owners is the next step, said Hildebrandt.

The utility poles along Old Norcross Road are a hazard, due to their proximity to the road.

“Most of the utility poles are one or two feet away from the travel lane. They’re a hazard. They’re hit often, and we can’t even install the curb and gutter for the sidewalk, let alone the sidewalk with the poles in the way,” said Hildebrandt.

The utility poles are owned by either Georgia Power or AT&T, Hildebrandt said. AT&T agreed to relocate poles at their expense if the city committed to the project in a resolution. City Council members voted to support the sidewalk project, which Hildebrandt estimates at around $600,000 from SPLOST revenues.

Hildebrandt does not have a timeline for the relocation of the utility poles.

City Council unanimously approved a resolution for a $2.2 million contract to CW Matthews for construction of the Chamblee Tucker Road Diet, also a part of the city’s strategic transportation master plan. The project calls for milling and resurfacing from LaVista Road to Pleasantdale Road, re-striping to provide one thru-lane in each direction with a center turn lane and unmarked four-foot bike lanes, installing center islands with landscaping and building out seven pedestrian crossings.

The bike lanes will not be marked because there is no trail connectivity at either end of Chamblee Tucker Road. Adding signage later is a possibility, said Hildebrandt.

Hildebrandt also presented a pavement update, recommending the city set pay $4 million per year to improve and maintain streets.

In other news:

– Tucker Parks and Recreation is moving forward with re-plastering Cofer Park Pool after City Council members voted to approve a contract for Aquatic Consulting and Equipment in the amount of $76,815. The work will be completed during the winter.

– Councilmember Michell Penkava detailed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County to share facilities for sports and recreation. “This will allow use by the schools and city when needed without the need to complete rental agreements for each use,” according to a memo.

– Council members approved a resolution for Tucker to apply for a transportation grant from Atlanta Regional Commission, addressing traffic and pedestrian safety in FY26. If awarded, the city of Tucker in partnership with the Tucker Summit CID would be responsible for engineering design and 20 percent of construction costs.

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