(Marietta, Ga. – Oct. 13, 2015) The Cobb Board of Commissioners approved a contract, not to exceed $205,843 with Gresham, Smith and Partners for the Cumberland Area Pedestrian Study during its Tuesday, Oct. 13 meeting.
The study will survey existing pedestrian facilities and current and future parking in the SunTrust Park, Galleria and Cumberland corridors, factoring in surrounding current and future multi-use and residential developments. The plan will include a comprehensive review of the area’s mixed-use developments with 365-day a year patronage, and the 1,500 residential units built, or planned, south of the perimeter in the Akers Mill Road, Cumberland Boulevard, Cobb Galleria area.
Coordinating with Galleria property owners and current studies underway, the pedestrian plan will model game-day operations concepts, way finding and signage strategies. The final plan will include a pedestrian network map and all projects needed to accommodate foot traffic while maintaining vehicular mobility, especially in areas with high residential traffic.
Gresham, Smith and Partners will maintain a stakeholder database and conduct public and stakeholder Cobb County Department of Transportation Director Faye DiMassimo said the first phase of the study will be completed by the end of 2015. Phase two will be completed in March 2016 after additional parking information becomes available.
The funding will come from the 2011 Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Transportation Improvements Program Fund Planning Studies project. On June 24, 2014, the Board of Commissioners approved the 2014 Master Task Order contract with Gresham, Smith and Partners for transportation, planning and environmental services.
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