DeKalb County kicks off SPLOST resurfacing project

CEO Michael Thurmond, flanked by Commissioners Jeff Rader and Larry Johnson, announces the kickoff of SPLOST-funded road resurfacing. CONTRIBUTED
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CEO Michael Thurmond, flanked by Commissioners Jeff Rader and Larry Johnson, announces the kickoff of SPLOST-funded road resurfacing. CONTRIBUTED

DeKalb County recently began repaving more than 300 miles of the worst streets and roads with funding generated from the one-cent Special Purpose Local Sales Tax approved by voters in November 2017, according to a press release.

The county kicked off the first project of the $9.48 million initial SPLOST paving contract by repairing one of DeKalb’s badly deteriorated local roads, West Lakeside Drive. Contractor crews will use approximately 400 tons of material to mill the road, patch, and resurface, resulting in a smooth and safe street.

The initial SPLOST paving contract was approved by Board of Commissioners on July 24 using Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grants and county SPLOST funds.

This week, CEO Thurmond also introduced a SPLOST public education campaign and announced that the county has invested $8 million to purchase 60 new public safety vehicles and emergency equipment with SPLOST funds.

DeKalb County will receive an estimated $388 million in SPLOST revenue over the next six years to improve county roads, infrastructure, libraries, parks and public safety.

Information: www.dekalbcountyga.gov/splost.