Tucker considers spending $2.2M spending on Juliette Road

The location of Juliett Road in Tucker, GA. Image obtained via Google Maps

Tucker, GA — Juliette Road is being considered for an overhaul in 2023 as Tucker focuses on code enforcement, road conditions, pedestrian safety and economic development in the corridor.

It’s a move that could cost the city $2.2 million of the FY23 budget.

The area is mix of industrial properties, large-scale apartment complexes, the Stone Mountain PATH trail and an entrance to Highway 78. The area is home to PepsiCo bottling plant, which announced a $260 million expansion this year, and Eagle Rock Studios, the largest stage complex under one roof in the U.S.

Tucker planning and zoning staff initiated the rezoning of eight parcels of land from M (light industrials) to RSM (small lot residential) in 2021, along with debating the addition of FLOCK cameras to address crime. Richardson Road is opening for improved connections for residents.

Now, City Council is considering a major investment by allotting $2.2 million to turn Juliette Road into a complete street at the recommendation of Tucker City Engineer Ken Hildebrandt. His plan includes resurfacing, sidewalks and a pedestrian signal.

Two major transportation studies called for new sidewalks and repaving on Juliette Road. The city’s master Transportation Plan estimated $160,000 to add a bike lane and up to $250,000 to add sidewalks. A report published by Tucker Summit CID recommends repaving Juliette Road in 2023.

Complete streets often include sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks, medians and narrower travel lanes to accommodate all users.

“The city envisions an improved, safer community with increased public amenities for the residents and an improved transportation network. City economic development staff is working with prospective developers, while code enforcement is ensuring that the multifamily inspections are being addressed,” said Tucker spokesperson Sonja Szubski.

Tucker City Council has one more public hearing on June 13 before voting on the FY23 budget. Mayor Frank Auman has been vocal about city spending.

“Do we want to consider spending $2.2 million to redesign the roads, sidewalks, all that without knowing what’s going to become of 980 apartment communities? That’s a big investment without knowing are we going to add a lot of traffic, retail, housing,” Auman said on April 25.

Four Complete Street projects were identified in Tucker’s master transportation plan: Brockett Road, Idlewood Road, Fellowship Road and Cooledge Road. Juliette was not on that list.

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