Tucker mayor speaks at DeKalb Chamber of Commerce inaugural city summit

City of Tucker Mayor Frank Auman attends the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — The DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce held the inaugural city summit on Thursday, Aug. 18, with several local mayors and city officials to discuss topics such as workforce development, transportation and affordable housing.

The panel discussion on transportation and traffic included Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore, Tucker Mayor Frank Auman, Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch and Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. The mayors discussed a variety of transportation and traffic issues, including express lane transit, public transportation and projects related to transportation.

Express lane transit is planned to come to Northlake Parkway near Interstate 285. The interstate runs through the city of Tucker.

“It’s obviously critically important to us,” Auman said. “I have found sometimes the best way to really grasp the value of something is to imagine not having it. If somehow there were to be 285 managed lanes, ELT, all that with no access at Lavista Road or Northlake Parkway, we become in some way flyover country…”

Auman added that the first approach to transportation is to require less of it, but acknowledged that there are individuals who travel to and from the city for work and other reasons, so express lane transit would be beneficial for commuting.

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