Crews will soon begin work on a $57.7 million widening project of Ga. 92 between Cherokee Street and U.S. 41 in Acworth. AJC FILE
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Highway 92 widening plan includes new Lake Acworth bridge

The Georgia Department of Transportation has signed off on a project to widen a segment of Ga. 92 in Cobb County.

The $57.7 million contract was awarded to Marietta-based CW Matthews to transform the state route from a two-lane roadway to a thoroughfare with four lanes and a raised median between Cherokee Street and U.S. 41 in Acworth.

Georgia DOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said CW Matthews is waiting on a notice to proceed with the project. Once that has been issued, the company has 45 days to submit a work schedule. Dale said CW Mathews should mobilize within 10 to 15 days of getting the notice from the state.

The DOT notes the project is expected to relieve traffic congestion and restrict left-turn movements, which can create hazardous traveling conditions, to where there are openings in the median.

Once complete, this 2.8-mile stretch of Ga. 92 will also have a 10-foot multi-use trail on the east side of the road, a 12-foot shoulder with curb and gutter and a five-foot sidewalk on the west side of the highway. The project also calls for replacing the bridge over Lake Acworth, which will cost $21.7 million.

Dale said the road and bridge projects are expected to be complete by fall 2022.

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Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said the city has been working with the DOT to get the widening project done for 15 years since it’s the main roadway that connects extreme southern Bartow County, Paulding County and northern Cobb County with I-75. The mayor said contractors are committed to keeping the highway open to drivers during the construction period, but said there could be some disruptions in traffic patterns.

He said the two-lane state highway is used by about 24,000 cars each day. By the time it’s complete, Allegood said the roadway is expected to carry 35,000 cars daily, but will be able to serve those motorists “much more efficiently.”

“This is going to be a real quality of live improvement for a lot of people,” he said.

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