Brookhaven City Council voted 4-0 on April 15 to approve the city’s paving plan.

Brookhaven Public Works Director Richard Meehan informed the council that bids for the work would be finalized in late May. As paving wraps up on the approved roads from the 2013 plan, the city will look for the 2014 work to begin in early June and be completed by early fall.

City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams was elated. “This is one of the reasons we formed our city, was to improve our roads,” she said. “Tonight we voted to spend $2.2 million on asphalt. That’s pretty exciting.”

The 2014 paving project includes six miles of paving. Traffic-heavy roads such as Ashford Dunwoody and Lenox Park Boulevard account for about $1.3 million of that, and 19 local roads will be improved at over $700,000. The plan also budgets about $36,000 for preventative patching on stretches of four roads.

“The biggest road we’ll be doing is Lenox Park Boulevard,” Williams said, adding that it was one of the lowest rated roads in the assessment by the laser truck last year. According to Williams, there will not be road closures during the paving process, and no night work will take place.

“What’s exciting about it is we’re paving six miles of road by the end of this year, which is a significant amount of improvement from what we’ve gotten in the past from [DeKalb County],” Mayor J. Max Davis said.

“And we’re going to be doing this every year,” Davis added, “which is great.”

Brookhaven has budgeted for paving projects through 2019.

“Being able to have six miles of paving done this year I think speaks to the fact that our city is well run, we’re fiscally sound, and we’re delivering on the promises of improved services,” Davis said. “That’s just another example of it.”

Davis stressed the positive effects the paving would have on safety, aesthetics and even the wear-and-tear on cars.

“We’ve made a drastic turn from where our area was headed before we incorporated,” he said.

Joe Earle

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