Cherokee seeks $15.8M in federal road, trail funds

Cherokee County is putting in federal funding requests totaling $15.8 million for two interchange projects on I-575, improvements to an intersection of Ga. 92 and an extension of the Noonday Creek Trail. AJC FILE
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Cherokee County is putting in federal funding requests totaling $15.8 million for two interchange projects on I-575, improvements to an intersection of Ga. 92 and an extension of the Noonday Creek Trail. AJC FILE

Formal requests for $15.8 million in federal funds, to improve two interchanges on I-575 and an intersection of Ga. 92 and to extend the Noonday Creek Trail, have been approved by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is accepting proposals for funding out of the federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, according to a report to commissioners by county Public Works Director Geoffrey E. Morton.

Cherokee is requesting $4.8 million for each of two I-575 interchange projects, at Towne Lake and Ridgewalk parkways; $3.2 million for intersection work at Ga. 92 and Trickum Road; and, on behalf of the city of Woodstock, $3 million to extend the Noonday Creek Trail to the Cobb County line.

The county promises to match the federal funds with Special Purpose Local Optional Sales Tax (SPLOST) monies of $1.2 million for each of the I-575 interchanges and $3 million for the Ga. 92 project. Woodstock has pledged a 20 percent match for the trail funding.