Delayed: Chamblee Tucker Road diet to start in May

Construction has begun on the Chamblee Tucker Road diet which will the lanes and add pedestrian infrastructure.

Tucker, GA — The start of the Chamblee Tucker Road diet is being delayed to early May according to the city of Tucker. The $2.2 million project spanning a two-mile stretch from Lavista Road to Tucker Norcross Road was anticipated to begin in March. It will take about three months to complete.

City Engineer Ken Hildebrandt said delays are due to construction at the Lavista Road and Chamblee Tucker Road intersection.

“There is a currently a dual right from eastbound Lavista Road onto Chamblee Tucker Road, which will be changed to a single right lane. This GDOT [Georgia Department of Transportation] project has to come first to ensure there are no traffic safety issues in transitioning to the lane diet,” Hildebrandt told Tucker Observer.

Residents will be notified of construction by message boards on the road.

The goal of the road diet is to improve the safety of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. A safety study conducted by VHB, the same firm who helped Tucker with its transportation master plan, analyzed vehicle speeds, crashes and safety of the Chamblee Tucker Road corridor.

The project entails:

– Milling and resurfacing Chamblee Tucker Road from Lavista Road to Pleasantdale Road

– Re-striping the road to provide one thru-lane in each direction with a center turn lane and unmarked four-foot bike lanes

– Installing center islands with landscaping

– Building out seven pedestrian crossings

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.

Councilmember Noelle Monferdini said Chamblee Tucker Road has two schools, two parks and excessive speeding. Councilmember Anne Lerner added that cars have “obliterated” neighborhood signs along Chamblee Tucker Road including Brymond Acres, Wellington and Tucker High School.

“I don’t want to accommodate a speedway for people who don’t live off that road, or don’t live in our community,” Lerner said of the cut through traffic from I-285.

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