As Cobb County continues to grow in population, educational opportunities, professional prospects and recreational options, it is vitally important that our roadways develop and expand to support that progress. One of our fastest-growing areas, Cumberland, will soon serve as an even greater hub for sports, music and culinary enthusiasts with the addition of SunTrust Park and The Battery in 2017. However, plans for facilitating increased travel in Cobb have been in the works for years—a decade or more in some cases—long before the county became the new home for the Braves.
The Skip Spann Connector—Cobb County’s first lighted bridge—is a 416-foot-long link between Frey Road and Busbee Drive over I-75, which gives commuters improved highway access to Town Center commercial amenities and Kennesaw State University (KSU). A near 20 percent reduction in daily traffic along Chastain Road at the I-75 interchange is expected as a result of the new bridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists now also have improved access between the KSU campus and the university's stadium.
In the last 2005 SPLOST budget update in July 2013, the County re-established the budgets on all the remaining projects which were previously deferred or delayed due to budget impacts resulting from decreased SPLOST revenue collections attributed to the economic recession.
All projects in the 2005 SPLOST Program are now scheduled for completion. To date, 310 projects have been completed (92%) of the 336 total projects in the program. Some significant projects currently under construction include: Shiloh/Shallowford Road, Queen MIll Road, Nance Road Bridge over Butler Creek, and I-285 at Atlanta Road.
Cobb County DOT is committed to improving the quality of our transportation infrastructure in ways that minimize impacts to the environment, including the depletion of irreplaceable resources.
In 2010, to recognize transportation project designs, operations and maintenance practices that incorporate a high level of environmental sustainability, DOT implemented PEACH "Preserving Environment And Community Heritage" Roads, a transportation environmental rating program.