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DeKalb CEO Pushes To Repave Roads With Possible New Tax

May 17, 2017
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DeKalb County's CEO is looking to drum up support for a new sales tax.

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If voters approve a one-penny sales tax referendum, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said it could generate almost half a billion dollars in the next five years. He wants to use a lot of that money to improve roads.

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A section of Interstate 20 Westbound near Flat Shoals Rd. is closed after a portion of the highway buckled. 

DeKalb County police say an underground gas leak is causing the defect in the roadway, and advise motorists to seek alternate routes.

A motorcyclist was hurt when the road buckled, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Northbound traffic on I75-I85 headed Downtown
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In January, new toll road options will open along a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 75 South of downtown Atlanta. Officials call it a highway within a highway, according to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle.

For up to 90 cents a mile, harried motorists heading to work, an important business meeting or to see their kid’s ballgame will be able to move from a gridlocked general-use lane into a toll lane offering a speed-limit drive.

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In November, residents of Fulton County and the city of Atlanta could vote to fix roads, sidewalks and intersections. That vote follows $250 million in infrastructure upgrades that Atlanta voters approved last year, which the city has already begun working on.

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WABE’s news staff members are sharing what topics they plan on tracking in the New Year.

Producer Kate Sweeney says she is watching Atlanta's changing transportation.

“Specifically, I'm thinking of Atlanta streetcar," Sweeney says. "This great big expansion has just been announced and there are all kinds of questions swirling around, not the least of which is, how it's going to get paid for?”

Features Editor Susanna Capelouto says she is worried about traffic.

David Goldman / Associated Press

 

Gov. Nathan Deal has nominated the lawmaker who sponsored the state's new $900 million transportation plan to fill a key position at the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The governor's office said Friday that Deal has picked Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, to become the agency's new planning director.

Roberts' position must be approved by transportation committees in the House and Senate. Deal's office said Friday it expects Roberts to start his new job May 15.