Last week, Dunwoody City Council approved $2.47 million worth of paving projects earmarked for 2013, including improvements at Chamblee Dunwoody and Mt. Vernon roads.
Public Works Director Michael Smith advised the council to go ahead with paving the intersection next year and hold off on a larger streetscape project to include bike paths, improved sidewalks and changing how travelers can turn on Nandina Lane.
“It’s going to take several years [to plan and complete the larger project],” he said. “I think from the condition that’s out there today we probably can’t stand to wait that long to repave the intersection.”
Other paving projects include Perimeter Center Place from Perimeter Center West to Meadow Lane Road and work on Meadow Lane Road from Ashford Dunwoody to Crown Point Parkway.
According to Smith, the city paved five-and-a-half miles of streets, added almost two miles of bike lanes and built a half-mile worth of sidewalks in 2012.
Council also approved the city’s updated five-year paving plan. Smith said about $2 million in projects would be completed each year through 2017, tackling streets most in need of repair first.
Also at last week’s meeting, city council approved a contract amendment with Jacobs Engineering Group to increase the city’s civic engagement. The city previously contracted with the firm to provide public relations and marketing services.
“One of the most important things that we need to be doing a better job with is communicating with our residents,” said Warren Hutmacher, city manager. “This will provide for strategies and accountability for each capital project and then also for general communications between citizens and the city.”
The city’s director of marketing and public relations, Bob Mullen, will go from working part time to full time with the amendment to the contract.