Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by $4.4M project

Sandy Plains Road is going to be a bit wonky until Sept. 30.
Sandy Plains Road is going to be a bit wonky until Sept. 30.

A stretch of one of Cobb County’s busiest roads will be reduced to single lanes for each direction of traffic next week.

The traffic shift of Sandy Plains Road runs between Ebenezer Road and Kinjac Drive near Sprayberry High School and Sprayberry Crossing. It is set to end Sept. 30.

Crews are adding right and left turn lanes from Post Oak Tritt Road onto Sandy Plains along with a median to Sandy Plains, said Karyn Matthews, project manager with Cobb’s transportation department.

All 8 miles of Sandy Plains have a median except for this stretch.

The widened lanes mean Atlanta Gas Light has to move one of their gas lines, according to Matthews.

She said the average daily traffic in that general area is more than 36,000 vehicles a day.

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In all, she said, the project will cost the county $4.4 million from the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST.

Crews usually try to avoid disrupting rush hour traffic, Matthews said, but it was this construction schedule or three weeks of on-and-off closures.

Drivers are advised to take Canton Road or Holly Springs Road, and should reduce their speed and exercise caution in the area.

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