DeKalb County-contracted crews are in the early stages of installing new landscaping, signage and other elements at the interchange of Highway 78 and Mountain Industrial Boulevard.
The interchange upgrade is made possible through a public-private partnership between the improvement district and the county.
This is the only such beautification effort underway in DeKalb benefitting from significant contributions from local businesses.
Improvement district planning experts conducted pre-construction meetings with the county, its contractors and the Georgia Department of Transportation to identify key changes to produce an enhanced project when finished, said improvement district President Emory Morsberger.
“We are very appreciative that those creating the landscape plans accepted our recommendations,” he said. “DeKalb County is taking many of our ideas and employing them as they complete other planned interchange improvements.”
Beyond the county’s cost for materials and labor, the improvement district is contributing $7,000 for removing old turf to accommodate greater durability and ease of maintenance. Additionally, the improvement district is transporting county-supplied top soil/composting materials necessary to enhance the soil profile to give the plant material the best soil.
When the project is fully complete, the improvement district has agreed to take responsibility for the maintenance of the interchange enhancements. This upkeep will begin once the one-year warranty has expired for materials installed by the contractors.
The project was to be completed by the end of this month.