A portion of Interstate 20 in Cobb County could be getting a $3.3 million facelift, while 27 townhomes could be given the go-ahead to come down to make way for a $33.5 million road project in east Cobb.

In the former matter, Cobb commissioners on Tuesday could approve a contract with Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting to construct new eastbound ramps off and on Interstate 20, with the main focus of the work being the roads the ramps service.

“What we’re doing is realigning South Service Road, that’s the road that goes over to Six Flags’ main entrance — there will be some minor improvements on that eastbound ramp that puts you off there at Six Flags,” said Michael Francis, transportation division manager for the Cobb transportation department. “South Service Road, it runs kind of parallel with I-20 that goes into the main entrance of Six Flags, we’re going to take that road and shift it further to the south.”

Other improvements also include added sidewalks and medians on Riverside Parkway.

The slate of improvements in the corridor were included as part of the county’s project list for its 2016 special 1 percent sales tax program.

The shifting of South Service Road, Francis added, will move it closer to The Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and the Riverside EpiCenter, with a new traffic light to be installed at the reworked intersection.

“There’s just a lot of traffic jams at peak times, such as when people are getting in and out of the (theme) park,” Francis said. ”With this project, I think it’s going to alleviate some of the traffic jams into the park and into the church. On the ramp, we’ll have a lane added that goes along Riverside, which dead-ends into the church by a driveway, so that’s going to help the circulation of people getting in and out of the church down there. Overall, it’s a needed project, and with the signal going in, it will also help to improve safety throughout that corridor.”

Once given the green light to begin, construction is expected to take roughly a year and a half, Francis said.

Tuesday’s meeting will also have commissioners consider a $274,000 contract with Tucker Grading & Hauling to demolish 27 townhomes at Turnberry Lane Townhomes. Commissioners late last month approved a $70,800 contract with W.E. Contracting to demolish six buildings at The Woods Condominiums.

The demolitions are required for the county to construct the $33.5 million Windy Hill-Terrell Mill Connector project, a 0.8-mile four-lane road designed to relieve traffic along Powers Ferry Road and Interstate 75 between Windy Hill and Terrell Mill roads. Construction is planned to start late this year, with the project on pace to open within the first half of 2022. The county in prior months pursued acquisition of several properties needed for the road’s construction.

“We acquired those (townhomes and condos), so we actually own those now,” County Manager Rob Hosack said. “We had to do a couple of housekeeping items once we acquired the real estate, but we’ve worked through those items now, and so we’re at the point where it’s time to knock them down.”

The Cobb Board of Commissioners meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Cobb Government Building.

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