Cobb to get $3.6 million for roadwork
by Ellen Eldridge
May 29, 2014 04:00 AM | 3803 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Cobb County will receive $3.6 million in state funding to build a diverging diamond interchange on Windy Hill Road at Interstate 75 and a roundabout by Kennesaw, Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday.

The $2.4 million Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank grant to the Cumberland Community Improvement District will be used for the Windy Hill Road diverging diamond interchange.

The project is designed for vehicles to cross to the opposite sides of the road on the bridge when entering or exiting the freeway, with the intent to reduce the possibility of crashes by eliminating left turns. After completion of the diverging diamond on Windy Hill Road, motorists will no longer be able to turn right onto I-75 North, according to the state’s website.

The diverging diamond is expected to open in 2016 at a total cost of $20 million, said Jim Wilgus, deputy director for the Cobb Department of Transportation. The funding comes from $5 million from the Cumberland CID, which includes the $2.4 million grant, $6.5 million from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. The rest of the funding comes from the special purpose local option sales tax, Wilgus said.

Cobb County is also planning construction of a diverging diamond interchange at Wade Green Road and I-75 to start this fall, according to the state’s website.

Improving the Windy Hill Road interchange will help with traffic flow, providing safer travel conditions for motorists and pedestrians, Deal said.

The county’s transportation department is working on a total of four projects affecting a 1.5-mile span of Windy Hill Road, and the state’s website shows construction will begin toward the end of 2014. Though congestion is expected during construction, no closings will occur while the project is underway, the state website said.

The $1.2 million Town Center Area CID grant award funds to install a roundabout in Kennesaw, which is part of a multiphase roadway project. The roundabout, which will be at the intersection of Barrett Lakes Boulevard and Shiloh Valley Drive, is expected to start construction in late 2015 at a total cost of $4.4 million, Wilgus said. The remaining funds for this project will come from SPLOST.

“It’s easier to fund projects in smaller amounts,” Wilgus said, adding that the roundabout is only part of the phase two project that will help ease traffic flow and reduce congestion on Barrett Parkway.

The roundabout is further designed to make a path for cyclists and pedestrians by connecting U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway to Barrett Parkway east of I-75. This will serve as an alternative, parallel east-west roadway.

Part of the challenge, Wilgus said, is that there aren’t “great ways for pedestrians to get from Cobb to Barrett” parkways.

“A lot of what we’re doing is increasing connectivity for pedestrians in the form of multiuse trails and sidewalks,” he said.

The state’s website says roundabouts are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative form of traffic control because they are safer, cheaper, more efficient, have a higher traffic capacity and can be landscaped.

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May 29, 2014
Headline should read, "Cobb to get BACK $3.6 million for roadwork".
May 29, 2014
So if you want to go north on I-75, you can't turn right like you do now? How is that a good idea?
CDE 2confusing
May 29, 2014
I seen a headline about the Cumberland Diamond Exchange a few days ago and thought it would be a new fangled intersection but it was another jewerly store robbery instead.

Now this story says the Cumberland Diamond Exchange is, in fact, an intersection.

This is pretty confusing, but at least they ain't named Peachtree whatever.

Oh no.. I suppose they WILL be renamed to Peachtree whatever after the City of Atlanta annexes the CID to get the stadium and the Galleria office complex and that other complex too!

The CID had better create a city for itself like everybody in Fulton and DeKalb did... Atlanta has only one direction left to annex, and that direction is the unincorporated CID including this here Cumberland Diamond Exchange
May 30, 2014
Progressive change is hard to deal with for a lot of people. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, however, how many people remember when Cumberland Mall was a horse pasture? I do. As time progresses, the "city" moves out the "country." That is natural progress. Maybe one day long past, a family similar to the Ingalls, etc. on Little House on the Prairie farmed the land Cumberland Mall stands on now. Maybe one day long past, horses and buggies, then T models, slowly moved along where Highway 41 is now. I remember, though still very little, when Interstate 20 (I-20) was built; the first Interstate "expressway" in Georgia. The only way to "get out of Cobb County" before I-20 was to travel Highway 41 or Bankhead Highway (now renamed on numerous parts such as Holloway, Veterans Memorial, etc.) to try to get rid of the stigma of Bankhead Highway's horrible reputation of crime). Again, there are those that refuse to accept progress, but yet, progress must happen. While you are confused about Peachtree, I am totally confused about Roswell Road. Which one? Do you mean Roswell Road off the interstate or do you mean Roswell Road off Highway 41, ah hem, excuse my age, I mean Cobb Parkway (or Northside Drive which Cobb Parkway turns into in the city)? I remember my kids telling me to take the HIGHWAY to so-and-so and HIGHWAY to me means HIGHWAY 41. EXPRESSWAY, I kept telling them, if they are referring to I-20. EXPRESSWAY. I sure do have some stories to tell about the progression of Cobb County that was started by returning World World II veterans in Mableton, in fact, actually, and they are great ones. Maybe, hum, I should write a book? Point is--people stop trying to stop progression. You won't win!
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