Interstate 24 link to Walker County seen from sales tax

WALKER COUNTY, GA. (Times Free Press) -- Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell hopes a majority of county voters -- and those around Georgia -- will support a 1-cent, 10-year statewide transportation special purpose local option sales tax when it's on the ballot July 31.

Heiskell said passing the tax could give Walker County something it's sorely lacking: a direct connection to the interstate highway system.

The proposed tax earmarks about $34 million for Walker County, and $20 million of that would go to widen Wilson Road from two to four lanes between Battlefield Parkway and the Tennessee line.

If Georgia voters OK the TSPLOST, Heiskell -- who just announced she's seeking a fourth four-year term -- said she'll go to Tennessee legislators and attempt to revive a plan for a new highway leading from the Central Avenue interchange on Interstate 24 through open land near Chattanooga Creek to connect with the widened Wilson Road.

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