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.