52 Miles of Road Paving Planned in Walker County in 2021
Some of Walker County’s roughest roads will be smoothed out in the coming year. The County recently awarded a contract on a project to resurface 52-miles of roads in 2021, surpassing the 38-mile paving milestone set in 2020.
25 roads will be resurfaced as part of this project, including:
West Cove Road
Mission Ridge Road
East Broomtown Road (Phase 1 of 2)
Garretts Chapel Road (Phase 1 of 2)
North Marble Top Road (Phase 1 of 2)
Dripping Springs Road
North Dick Creek Road
The complete list of the roads on the 2021 list, which are denoted in blue on the map to the left, can be found at walkercountyga.gov/tsplost.
There are 674 miles of roads in unincorporated Walker County. By the end of 2021, 117 miles of roads will have been resurfaced in just four years.
Funding for this project comes mainly from voter approved special purpose local option sales taxes, including T-SPLOST and the 2020 SPLOST. Walker County is one of only 30 Georgia counties that currently has a transportation special purpose local option sales tax to fund road improvements.
Awarding a contract on the project now provides the contractor time to schedule crews, so they can begin work as soon as warmer weather arrives.
Early Voting Underway in U.S. Senate Runoff Races
Early voting is underway at the Walker County Courthouse for the January 5th runoff election. Early voting is available at the courthouse during the following times and dates:
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – December 21, 2020 through December 23, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – December 28, 2020 through December 30, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – December 31, 2020
Satellite locations will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 29, 2020 and December 30, 2020. They will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on December 31, 2020. This is the first time satellite locations have been opened during a runoff in Walker County.
Rock Spring: Northwest Georgia Technical College
265 Bicentennial Trail
Building 500 – Student Center
Rock Spring, GA 30739
Rossville: Rossville Civic Center
400 McFarland Avenue
Rossville, GA 30741
Chickamauga: Chickamauga Civic Center
1817 Lee Clarkson Road
Chickamauga, GA 30707
Fairyland: Lookout Mountain United Methodist Church
1300 Lula Lake Road
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750
On Election Day, January 5, 2021, voting will be at regular precinct locations from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tax Commissioner's Office to Temporarily Close to the Public in January for State System Update
Walker County Tax Commissionerlocations in Rock Spring and Fairview will be closed to the public several days in mid-January while the State of Georgia updates its motor vehicle registration system.
“We are having to close to the public because statewide there will be no ability to process tag and title transactions,” said Carolyn Walker, Walker County Tax Commissioner. The Rock Spring office (122 Highway 95) will close Wednesday, January 13th and reopen Tuesday, January 19th. The Fairview office (2012 McFarland Gap Road) has been closed since November 10th due to COVID-19 and will remain closed through the update.
Residents with a birthday in January are advised to renew tags early to avoid late fees or other potential problems, as the online portal for renewals will also be unavailable during this time period.
Georgia DRIVESwas installed statewide in May 2019 to modernize the data input system for tags and titles, provide agencies with interconnectivity and improve the customer experience by expanding the ability for mobile, Internet and kiosk transactions. This is the first major update to the system.
While Georgia DRIVES is offline, staff in Walker County will focus on preparing the mobile home tax digest, tax sale filings and processing property tax payments.
Staff will also use the time to prepare the Tax Commissioner’s office in Fairview to reopen to the public on January 19th. The Fairview location serves residents in northern Walker County, including Rossville and Lookout Mountain.
Free Recycling Day December 26th at the Walker County Landfill
The Walker County Landfill will offer a free recycling day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020.
The following items will be accepted:
Penned mail & greeting cards, paper egg cartons, paperboard boxes, #1-7 plastic bottles & jugs, plastic lids & caps (do not flatten), file folders, blueprints, plastic bags, cans (do not crush), magazines, brochures, catalogs, white or pastel office paper, clean balled aluminum foil (2” or larger), pie pans, newspapers & inserts (no bags), phone books, loose metal jar lids & steel bottle caps, corrugated cardboard & paper bags, paper milk/juice cartons (no foil pouches, do not flatten), paperback books and shredded paper. Please note: glass is NOT allowed.
Natural / organic Christmas trees will also be accepted December 26 – 31, provided they do not contain any lights or decorations.
Free recycling is actually available yearround at the landfill, with the exception of Christmas trees. The December 26th event is designed to raise awareness about this service. If you have questions about recycling, call the landfill at 706-375-8910 or visit walkercountyga.gov/residents/landfill.
Called Board of Commissioners Meeting on January 4, 2021
The new five-person Walker County Board of Commissioners takes office on January 1, 2021. The Board will hold a special called meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2021 at Courthouse Annex III, 201 S Main Street in LaFayette. The purpose of this called meeting will be to elect a Vice Chair and to set the Board's regular meeting schedule.
Bridge Replacement on Captain Wood Underway
Crews replacing the bridge on Captain Wood Road over Mud Creek are on target for completing the project by the end of March 2021.