Two major transportation projects were approved 5-0 on Dec. 11 by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners.
- a $1,344,838 contract with Baldwin Paving Company for intersection improvements on Blackwell Road at Autumn Ridge Parkway. Funding will come from the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The project consists of improving sight distance, removing the existing four-way stop to create a two-way stop, constructing left turn lanes in both directions on Blackwell Road to Autumn Ridge Parkway and adding curb and gutter with a five-foot-wide sidewalk. Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said meetings will be held with residents of two subdivisions who will be impacted.
- a $250,000 investment by Cobb will involve a consultant services agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates for $1.75 million to develop the Cobb County 2050 Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) but with a $500,000 reduction in the scope of services required at this time. Commissioner Bob Ott explained that the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will pay $1 million with Cobb paying $250,000 so that the initial phase of the 2050 CTP is estimated at $1.25 million. The transit-focused second phase, to be completed at a later date, is estimated at $500,000 with that funding to be provided by the ARC Comprehensive Transportation Plan Assistance Program in Fiscal Year 2019.