During 2014, Cobb County Department of Transportation initiated, continued and completed work on many of its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax-funded projects. From the 2005 SPLOST, engineering/design has started or been completed on each of the 336 identified projects. Construction has started on 319 projects with 310 projects reaching completion. Major projects under way or completed in 2014 include the widening of Floyd Road, improvements to Queen Mill Road and the completion of Noonday Creek Trail, Phase 2C.
From the 2011 SPLOST, engineering/design has started or been completed on more than 160 identified projects in the program. Construction has started on 120 projects, with more than 90 reaching completion. Projects completed or under way in 2014 include the Skip Spann Connector, upgrades to Shiloh Road/Shallowford Road and improvements to Cobb Parkway at the Mars Hill Road intersection.
2005 SPLOST projects underway/completed in 2014:
Floyd Road. The ribbon-cutting event celebrating the completion of the $5.6 million Floyd Road safety and operational improvement project was held in September. The project widened 1.1 miles of Floyd Road between Clay Road and Hicks Road to a standard four-lane, median-divided roadway consisting of two 11-foot wide travel lanes in each direction and a 20-foot wide grass median. A 10-foot wide sidewalk was constructed on the west side of the roadway and a five-foot wide sidewalk was constructed on the east side.
Noonday Creek Trail, Phase 2C. Phase 2C of the Noonday Creek Trail project was completed in September 2014. The project included the construction of 2.5 miles of multi-use trail along Barrett Lakes Boulevard between Duncan Road and Noonday Creek, and along Noonday Creek from Barrett Lakes Boulevard to Bells Ferry Road. This $4.27 million project added two pedestrian bridges over Noonday Creek along with sections of elevated walkway.
Queen Mill Road. This 1.8-mile project currently under way will add safety and operational improvements to Queen Mill Road between Mableton Parkway and Veterans Memorial Highway. The project will also add curb, gutter, sidewalks and drainage improvements where needed. The construction cost of the project is $3.57 million, and it is scheduled for completion by summer 2015.
Nance Road. This $3.2 million project constructs a new bridge over Butler Creek and provides safety and operational improvements to Nance Road from just west of the Cobblestone Golf Course entrance to Lakeview Way. Improvements to Lakeview Way are also in progress. Construction activities began in April 2014 and are scheduled for completion in early 2015.
2011 SPLOST projects completed/under way in 2014:
Resurfacing. In 2014, the county awarded $23.2 million for four resurfacing contracts as part of the 2011 SPLOST. Since October 2011, these contracts have resulted in a total resurfacing of 1,257 streets (390 miles) within the county’s four commission districts. This represents a cumulative investment of $76 million in preserving county infrastructure.
Drainage Projects. Fifty-two drainage projects were identified through the end of 2014. Construction has been completed on 48 of the projects. Nearly all of the projects replaced deficient metal drains installed in the 1960s and 1970s. The cost of the drainage projects completed to date is $3.9 million.
Sidewalk Projects. Through the end of the year, 28 sidewalk projects were completed and 13 are in design or under construction. This construction includes sidewalks that fill in gaps, provide safe routes to schools and sidewalks deemed necessary for transit, activity centers and safety-related issues. To date, these projects represent an $8 million investment in pedestrian facilities.
Shiloh Road/Shallowford Road. Construction on the $11 million Shiloh Road/Shallowford Road safety and operational improvement project was completed in November 2014. The project upgraded the existing roadway to two 11-foot wide travel lanes, added a 12-foot center turn lane, and provided turn lanes at major intersections on Shiloh Road/Shallowford Road, from Wade Green Road to Canton Road. In addition, bike-friendly lanes and sidewalk were added to the corridor.
Cobb Parkway at Mars Hill Road Intersection Improvement. Construction is complete on the $1.8 million intersection improvement project. This project added left turn lanes onto both Cobb Parkway/U.S. Highway 41 and Mars Hill Road, lengthened the westbound left turn lane on Cobb Parkway/U.S. Highway 41 and widened Mars Hill Road to receive the left turn lanes from Cobb Parkway/U.S. Highway 41. The project began in October 2013 and was completed in October 2014.
Skip Spann Connector. Construction on the $13 million Skip Spann Connector began in April 2014. The Skip Spann Connector will provide a new bridge over Interstate 75 north of Chastain Road to provide direct access from Kennesaw State University to the Town Center economic activity center. The project will provide 19 percent reduction in daily traffic along Chastain Road at the I-75 interchange. It will also provide congestion relief, improved access from KSU to the Northwest Corridor Managed Lanes access ramps at Big Shanty and the GRTA/CCT park and ride lots and pedestrian and bicycle access between KSU and its stadium. Construction is scheduled for completion in spring 2016.
Floyd Road. The groundbreaking event for the $4.8 million Floyd Road safety and operational improvement project was held in September. The project consists of improvements to Floyd Road, from Veterans Memorial Highway to Clay Road. These improvements will widen the roadway to accommodate four lanes with a divided median, add an eight-foot wide to 12-foot wide multi-use trail on the west side, and a five-foot wide sidewalk on the east side. The project will also add dual left turn lanes from Floyd Road onto Veterans Memorial Highway. Major construction activities are scheduled to begin in early 2015 with a planned construction duration of 18 months.
All 2011 SPLOST projects for the fire department (and all Public Safety departments) have been completed. Five rescue trucks were purchased at a cost of $125,292 with SPLOST funds in 2014 and placed into service during the year.
In December 2013, Fire and Emergency Services purchased 18 EKG monitor/manual defibrillators. This upgrade enabled crews to continue current Advanced Medical Life Support procedures in addition to transmitting 12-lead EKGs to hospitals and detecting carbon monoxide levels in a patient’s bloodstream. They were purchased through the 2011 SPLOST at a cost of $529,603.
In June 2014, Fire and Emergency Services purchased eight complete sets of vehicle extrication tools (cutter, spreader, rams, pump). In addition, the department purchased five additional spreaders for upgrades to existing units. The bid also included vehicle stabilization struts for all extrication units. This purchase allowed the department to totally switch to a single brand and simplify maintenance and training. The total cost was $359,995 and came from the 2011 SPLOST.
2014 was an active and productive year for the PARKS team managing projects under the 2011 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs SPLOST program. The program is comprised of an $82 million budget with 172 projects in 50 parks and facilities. To date, 31 percent of these projects have been completed and another 41 percent is under construction.
To make the available funding go as far as possible, PARKS. staff is directly involved in many of the construction activities ranging from roof replacements to painting to laser grading and athletic field construction. The majority of the work continues to be in selecting and managing the efforts of a variety of professional architecture/engineering firms and construction contractors. An added challenge is to perform this work in parks/facilities with the least possible disruption to users.
Examples of projects completed during 2014:
Sewell Park: Swimming Pool/Splash Pad; Athletic Field Renovation and Building Replacement
After the more than 50-year-old Sewell Park Pool closed for the 2013 summer season, workers demolished the entire facility with the exception of the main pool. The pool reopened in May 2014 with a brand new bathhouse, splash pad water feature and new decking, landscaping and filter room. Attendance this past season doubled the previous summer’s attendance.
In addition, the existing concession/restroom building was replaced at the athletic fields, baseball fields were re-graded and sod replaced, dugouts, score stands, backstops and fencing were replaced, electrical and athletic field lighting improvements were completed, along with re-paving the access roadway and parking lots.
Tennis Center Building Replacement
Harrison, Kennworth and Terrell Mill tennis centers have been completely replaced. Architectural and engineering designs are complete for Fair Oaks and Sweetwater tennis centers.
West Cobb Aquatic Center
West Cobb Aquatic Center received new HVAC equipment that allows for excellent air quality and customer comfort. The facility also got a new lobby floor, new pool finish coating, wall paint lighting fixtures and an entirely new roof structure. It reopened in May
SPLOST park renovations were underway throughout Cobb County. Two parks (Noonday and Sewell) were reopened in 2014 after receiving extensive improvements. The soccer and football/lacrosse fields at Noonday Park were completely renovated with new turf, drainage, irrigation and lights.
The PARKS Land Unit assisted with ongoing SPLOST projects by completing construction of seven ball fields, one football field, constructing building pads for five maintenance buildings and installing landscaping on several projects.