Mayor Bucky Johnson and City Engineer Jeff Mueller spoke at the Progessional Development Committee meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the Transportation Investment Act and what it can do for the city.
The TIA is a 1-percent sales tax that will be voted on July 31 this year. If it passes, the funds from the tax will go toward transportation projects within the the region for 10 years.
In the regions outside of Atlanta, 25 percent of the generated funds will go to local jurisdictions for transportation. However, Norcross will be receiving only 15 percent, and that amount is estimated to be around $249,000 a year. Therefore, over the course of 10 years, the city of Norcross could receive $2.49 million for transportation projects.
The city engineer and the mayor shared a proposed project list for those 10 years, if the TIA passes. Some of the major projects include:
- Landscaping, lighting and multi-use trails for pedestrians on Mitchell Road and Buford Highway to Brookhollow Parkway
- A bus shelter on South Peachtree Road in historic downtown
- Improving the safety of the curbs and gutters on North Peachtree Street
- A bike route on Holcomb Bridge Road
- A continous flow intersection at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway
- Vertical curve repair on Holcomb Bridge Road and Ruth Street
The most expensive project, and the one that most members had questions about, was the continuous flow intersection at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway. As most would agree, it's a problem area for making left turns, and continous flow concentrates on fixing it. An example of a similar intersection is at Georgia 124 and Highway 78 in Snellville.
Johnson reminded everyone that one of the purposes of the TIA is to relieve congestion, and the city hopes to do so through alternative modes of transportation.
"Part of we're looking to do is get people out of their cars and get them on sidewalks or trails," said Johnson.
Of course, the TIA would only be an addition to the city-funded projects. The Gwinnett Village CID will continue to fund projects, and there's also the.
Have a voice on the transportation issue? The will be hosting a Town Hall meeting today at 7 p.m. that will cover the LCI study.