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Cobb Commissioners approve bridge contracts

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved contracts during its regular meeting Tuesday, April 12, for two bridge projects aimed to benefit pedestrians.

The first was an $11.3 million agreement with Brasfield & Gorrie general contractors for the widening of the existing Windy Ridge Parkway bridge over Interstate 75 and Interstate 285 ramps to provide enhanced pedestrian accommodations and greenway space. It will remain a four-lane divided highway.

Engineering for the Windy Ridge Parkway bridge pedestrian improvements was funded through the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Transportation Improvements Program. Construction will be funded from the 2016 SPLOST TIP. The Georgia Department of Transportation has committed $7.75 million towards construction of this project. The overall completion date for this project is July 31, 2017, and includes an intermediate completion date of March 20, 2017.

The second contract was a $10.1 million agreement with Northwest Express Roadbuilders, a Joint Venture, for construction of an I-285 Multi-Use Bridge. It will span Galleria Drive, I-285 and Circle 75 Parkway to SunTrust Park.

Engineering for the I-285 Multi-Use Bridge was funded from a combination of Federal Transit Administration grants and the 2011 SPLOST TIP. A combination of funding from the Cumberland Community Improvement District, FTA grants, the Atlanta Braves and the Cumberland Special Service District 1 will be used to construct the project.

The 32-foot wide multi-modal bridge will include a multi-purpose trail for pedestrians and bikes with accommodations for a future transit lane. The project is now eligible for inclusion in the local match funding category of the 2016 SPLOST TIP. The completion date is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2017, but the pedestrian component of the bridge will be operational by Braves Opening Day in April 2017.

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For additional information, contact:

Sheri Kell, Director
Cobb County Communications Office
770-528-1155