Around $1,248,000 will be given by the Georgia Department of Transportation to Cobb County to help acquire right-of-way and easements for Kennesaw Mountain pedestrian improvements. AJC file photo

Kennesaw Mountain trail system to get $1.2M from state

The Georgia Department of Transportation will give an additional $174,000 to Cobb County to acquire right-of-way and easements for Kennesaw Mountain pedestrian improvements.

Already, the state has agreed to spend $1,074,000 on this project.

That means GDOT will reimburse Cobb County for 80 percent of eligible right-of-way funding expenditures for no more than $1,248,000.

The remaining 20 percent - $312,000 - will be funded by Cobb County from the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

Also known as the Cheatham Hill Multi-Use Trail, this project involves the city of Marietta to improve the trail network in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to provide access for nonmotorized modes of transportation to, from and within the park.

The result will be a well-connected trail system through Marietta, Cobb County and the park, continuing the existing multi-use trail systems already in place within Cobb and Marietta, according to a May 28 memo from Cobb Department of Transportation Director Erica Parish to Cobb County Manager Rob Hosack on the day the state funding was accepted by the Cobb commissioners.

Improvements include the addition of a multi-use trail along Cheatham Hill Road, providing access to Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm battle sites, interpretive facilities and trailheads, Parish said.

The project scope includes construction of an eight-foot to 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along the following corridors:

  • the east side of Cheatham Hill Road, beginning at Powder Springs Road, extending north to the existing trail on the west side of John Ward Road;
  • from the intersection of John Ward Road and Whitlock Avenue/Dallas Highway/SR120, ending at Cheatham Hill Drive and
  • the east side of Burnt Hickory Road from Whitlock Avenue north to Polk Street, then crossing over to extend along the west side of Burnt Hickory Road to Old Mountain Road.