MARIETTA — A traffic study the Atlanta Braves filed recently predicts the proposed Cobb County stadium and mixed-use development opening in 2017 will attract as many as 28,500 new vehicles during a sold-out game day.
The Braves filed the plan, called a “development of regional impact,” with the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
“Some of the highlights were the area has a significant amount of infrastructure in place already,” said Rob Ross, a vice president with Kimley-Horn, who has been working on the plan for the last several months. “There’s a lot of major roadway facilities that are serving this region already and the big takeaway for me is that it’s a good infrastructure to handle a project like this.”
Ross said the analysis found some “minor improvements that are recommended, operational things, but it’s nothing in the order of the magnitude of adding a new roadway facility or widening two miles of a road or anything like that.”
One of the recommendations, for example, is to build an additional westbound through lane at Windy Hill and Powers Ferry roads.
The ARC and GRTA will consider the plan in June.
“If they disagree with something in the study then we get together and come up with alternative solutions to whatever may come out of that,” Ross said.
Ross said having the accompanying $400 million mixed-use entertainment district built around the $672 million stadium will help with traffic flow.
“It gives people options, and it gives them an incentive and a draw. They don’t have to get there right before the game starts. They have something that they can go spend time and enjoy their time and avoid those peak traffic periods,” he said. “They can get there early and have a meal and walk over to the game.”
Asked for her thoughts on the plan, Faye DiMassimo, Cobb’s transportation director, said, “We have just received the report and have not yet read it in detail. Once we have reviewed and considered the recommendations, I will be glad to answer your questions.”