Gov. gives $1M for Windy Hill project
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
June 30, 2012 12:55 AM | 1918 views | 6 6 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CUMBERLAND — Gov. Nathan Deal has awarded the Cumberland Community Improvement District a $1 million grant to help finance improvements to Windy Hill Road.

The project consists of widening Windy Hill Road to allow for an additional westbound lane from about 400 feet east of Powers Ferry Road to the Spectrum Circle/Interstate North Parkway intersection. In addition, a right-turn lane will be added to Powers Ferry northbound to Windy Hill Road.

Cumberland CID executive director Malaika Rivers announced the grant during Thursday’s CID board meeting.

“That million dollars goes into the east side of Windy Hill, so it gets some state (Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank) money in the process. The project already has Cobb SPLOST money,” Rivers said. “Should the (TIA) referendum pass, it will have some referendum funding as well, so we’re in a really good position here.”

In the 2011 SPLOST, $8 million is earmarked for Windy Hill Road from Interstate 75 to Powers Ferry Road, Cobb Department of Transportation deputy director Daniel McDuff said.

However, the Windy Hill project does not have any funding earmarked in the July 31 Transportation Improvement Act referendum, McDuff said.

Rivers estimates the total cost of the project to be about $3.5 million. The Cobb DOT expects it to be complete in 2016.

In other business, Rivers announced she will attend a leadership trip in October to Tysons Corner in Fairfax County, Va. Rivers said she plans to study that area’s transit system during the Cobb Chamber-sponsored trip.

“This will be after the referendum, and we could be in a situation where if the referendum passes and the alternatives analysis will be completed by the September time frame, so we will know if we could have bus rapid transit in our future, or we could have light rail in our future,” she said. “Either way, northern Virginia is a terrific example to look at communities that have benefitted from transit.

“It would be very worthwhile if we find ourselves in a situation where our future could or will have transit to start looking at northern Virginia — specifically Tysons Corner, for those folks that are familiar with Tysons and what they’re doing as a community,” she said.

Tysons Corner, Va., is about 20 miles west of Washington, D.C. In 2010, its median household income was $94,083, and the median house value was $518,300, according to the Census Bureau.

Also Thursday, CID Chairman Tad Leithead said Chris Leinberger, a senior fellow with The Brookings Institution, had offered to study “the challenges and infrastructure investments needed to maintain and enhance accessibility and mobility to and within” metro Atlanta for $190,000.

The larger CIDs in the area could each contribute $25,000 to fund the expense, he said.

“If the other CIDs step forward, I’d love for us to be a part of that,” Leithead said to the board. “The results would be useful for a lot of reasons.”

The board will vote on whether to fund the study in July.
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mk-how things work
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July 02, 2012
This 1 million from the gov to the CID was nothing but a 'thank-you' gift, for the hard work the CID is doing to help push uneducated folks into voting yes, july 31st.

What does 1 million accomplish anymore, as far as road addition? Hell, the contractors pay millions, just for insurance policy.

Windy Hill, traveling east from the Windy Mac connector, through Smyrna, doesn't hit backup, until Cobb Parkway. Its not that there isn't an easy fix there, but that these engineers (Croy included) have grandiose dreams of building a$200 million dollar bridge or underpass over/under Cobb Parkway at that intersection . This is part of their retirement planning.

If the DOT, CID, chamber, cobb officials & senators, ah-hem, Doug Stoner, would stop being greedy( w/ ALL the SPLOST $$) and start thinking smart & more fiscally conservative , they might actually accomplish relieving traffic congestion.

I imagine, 4 to 5 million could reconfigure the Windy Hill / Cobb Parkway intersection. Double turn lanes in ALL 4 directions, keep moving right turn merges & synchronized traffic lights. FIXED!!

THEN, they could put most concentration on a new state of the art flyover I-75/I-285! NEEDED!!

I don't think they really have the will to fix our traffic nightmare- more nightmares,.. more money!

Its disgusting how it works!
SG68
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July 01, 2012
The more money we can get from the state for Cobb County projects the better. Especially since we are getting royally screwed by the TSPLOST allocations.

As far as traveling to Tyson's Corner is concerened that is up to the CID as to whether they want to waste their money on something like that. Seems a little presumptuous to anticipate the same kind of transit here as what they have in the DC area.

And yet another study about transportation infrastructure? especially one that would be completed after the TSPLOST referendum?

Could this be a step in the direction of rationalizing changes in the TSPLOST project list after the vote later this month?

I thought the TSPLOST supporters were firm in their belief that the projects selected by the Roundtable were the best thing for Metro Atlanta since sliced bread?

HMMMM.

Sounds a little fishy to me.
one eye
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July 01, 2012
Math error??

SPLOST estimated the windy hill interchange

improvements would cost $110M,

Of the $8M about $3M goes to the actual interchange

Total Project cost $3.5M? What project for $3.5M?

CCID is already kicking in $85M to help design the interchange.

There is funding from TSPLOST! TIA-CO-013 (TSPLOST) shows $47M TSPLOST money and $30M expected from the FED for $77M total. To improve the Windy Hill interchange.

Now Bad Deal is giving another $1M to CCID to add to the project.

What is the real number? All this money will provide a longer que for getting cars onto I-75 BUT is there is no HOLE in I-75 traffic the back up will get wider but not faster.

Curing the symptoms not the problem will not elevate the problem. Fixing I-75 & I-285 interchange would be real progress.

But in the end they are all just numbers, the real cost will appear on the final bill AFTER the project is completed.
SG68
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July 02, 2012
If I read the article correctly this is for improvements to Windy Hill EAST of the interchange (from Spectrum Circle to Powers Ferry).

It doesn't include the interchange at all.

Not so fast!
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June 30, 2012
Ms. Rivers:

Please make sure your reservations can be canceled with no penalty. I don't think you'll need to go to Virginia in October if you are counting on the TIA tax to pass.
Around in west Cobb
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June 30, 2012
Theh need to make windy hill road limitd access from Macland all the way to 75. I can't believe that project has been ignored. The road is a complete mess for four hours everey weekday
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