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TSPLOST: High Priority Projects in Buckhead

Here is a look at "High-priority Projects" that will be built in Buckhead should the TSPLOST pass on July 31.

Atlanta residents are being asked to vote July 31 on a referendum that will fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements through a regional ten-year, one-percent sales tax. With the sheer amount of projects being discussed concerning the Regional Transportation Referendum (157 regional projects and many more local projects), trying to sort through them all and figure out which ones will have the biggest impact on you can be overwhelming.  

Below is a look at high priority projects that will have an impact on Buckhead and are recommended for funding by by CIty of Atlanta staff for fiscal years 2013-2018. These projects are pulled directly from adopted transportation plans, with special focus on multimodal corridor improvements along major city-maintained roadways within economic development priority areas. 

The draft list of high priority projects, being paid for out of the 15% discretionary revenue, was developed through a comprehensive public involvement process, which included a series of four public open houses in February and March 2012.

These high priority projects differ from the in that they will reportedly be updated on an annual basis and may change based on shifting priorities, revenue collection and project costs. Final Investment List Projects are not subject to change.

It is recommended that roughly 45% of the City’s estimated discretionary revenue (about $20 million over five years) be directed toward these high-priority projects.

Chastain Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements: Project includes milling and repaving, sidewalk and ADA ramp repair and installation, new sidewalk and multi-use path construction and interaction safety improvements along Powers Ferry Road between the city limits and Roswell Road, including intersection safety improvements at Powers Ferry at Lake Forrest Dr./Putnam Cir./Putnam Dr.

Mount Paran Road at Northside Parkway Improvements: Project includes milling and repaving and intersection capacity improvements along Mount Paran Road from I-75 North to Paces Ferry Road, including the addition of a right-turn lane on Mount Paran Road northbound to Northside Parkway southbound and installation of a multi-use path along the east side of Northside Parkway from Northgate Drive to Mount Paran Road.

Sutton Middle School Access Improvements: Project includes milling and repaving, sidewalk and ADA ramp repair and installation, and addition of bicycle facilities along Jett Road between city limits and Powers Ferry Road and Hillside Drive between Northside Drive and Powers Ferry Road.

Do you agree with these being the "high priority projects" in Buckhead? Let us know in the comments below!

Allie F. June 14, 2012 at 01:59 PM
What an incredible waste of tax payer dollars. This entire bill is a boondoogle and has no real beneifit to the community.
Jason June 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Bicycle paths, school improvements, and park trails? Thanks for this information, you just helped me make a decision. I'll be voting 'no.'
Michael Packer (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Just as an "FYI" for you guys, the high priority projects are different from projects on the Final Investment List, which were reported on here yesterday: http://patch.com/A-vfdF. The Final List Projects are ones that are set in stone and will have the biggest impact on traffic problems here in Buckhead. Not endorsing it either way, just letting you know. Thanks for commenting!
Tyler Courtney June 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I encourage you all to take a closer look at this bill before voting no. I lean very much toward libertarian but the consequences for not passing this bill are considerable. Federal and state gasoline tax funds are declining and will most certainly not be increased as oil prices rise. This leaves the state with a rapidly growing population and an underfunded transportation system. Not only will we be unable to improve state transportation infrastructure and sustain growth, we will be unable to maintain existing infrastructure and risk losing ground to the likes of TN, SC, NC, and AL (just to name a few). Please vote YES on July 31!
Ken Guthrie June 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM
A rapidly increasing population in metro Atlanta means there are more people paying taxes = more revenue = more dollars for infrastructure. Thus, you do not need the additional 1 cent tax. Basic economics dictates that it takes a proportionally smaller number of government employees to support a larger tax base of constituents. One of Atlanta's basic problems (like many cities) is that the size of government (i.e., government employees) is disproporationally high to the population. Get rid of the "fat", keep taxes down, and spend money more efficiently. As any person that ever played "Sim City", higher taxes will eventually cause depopulation within the base of residents that can afford to move and leave more, lower income people who certainly will cause a decrease in tax revenues and greater drain on public resources.
Mark A June 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
@Ken: False. Huge reductions in jobs = fewer people driving. Higher gas prices mean everything related to the upkeep and improvement of our infrastructure costs more, but state government is taking in the same (or less) income - in fact Deal just froze the gas tax AGAIN this past week. We have the SECOND LOWEST gas taxes in the country, behind Alaska, but many times more pressing need to fund and GROW our infrastructure to catch up with the population already living here. PLEASE DON'T THWART OUR CONTINUED PROGRESS AS A CITY. We desperately need this.
Mark A June 14, 2012 at 09:58 PM
What a ridiculously false statement. Before the recession decimated our healthy employment rate we topped every traffic congestion list out there. Now with one of the higher unemployment rates we're still near the worst. GA has the lowest gas tax of any state in the lower 50 and we spend less PER CAPITA on transportation than any other state, in spite of our rapidly growing population. On top of this, once the projected revenue is collected, the extra 1% will stop being collected.
Ken Guthrie June 15, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Some make the argument that a 1%, across the board sales tax increase fairly represents a way to garner more revenue to pay for infrastructure improvements. The only equitable way for taxing would be to let the burden for improvements be levied on those that use the systems. If you have to tax, then tax fuel usage. Do it for only those metropolitan counties that are contiguous to the metro Atlanta area - the SMSA inclusive counties. People are right that the Georgia gas tax has stayed low and with the temporary decrease in gasoline prices, do it now. A special referendum for only those counties would be the most effective way to have a decision. As of today, the latest poll indicates only about 20% of voters will support the 1% increase. Along with Obama, most people are ready to throw out the trend to big government, wasteful spending, and a move toward a socialistic "big brother knows best" world for the United States.
elisa cousins June 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Can someone tell me if we can still request an absentee ballot or when and where one can vote early if (s)he is not going to be in town on the 7/31? Thanks!
KellyW June 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Alternative mobility options such as pedestrian and bike paths are what other cities that are on par with Atlanta currently have. We should not have to be dependent on driving a car to get around the city. Bike paths, pedestrian trails and light rail transit are all options I can agree on.
Bob July 19, 2012 at 10:57 AM
I think the tax is fair, in that everybody pitches in, and not confined to a property tax. I'm probably in the minority, but I'll be votiing "Yes". Traffic, etc is only going to get worse.

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