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Cobb County issues Certificate of Occupancy for SunTrust Park

(Marietta, Ga. - Feb. 24) - Cobb County Government has issued the Atlanta Braves its Certificate of Occupancy for SunTrust Park. After hundreds of inspections throughout 30 months, the stadium has fulfilled and passed all required inspections by Cobb County Building Department and the Cobb County Fire Marshal’s Office.
 
By law, every new business, tenant or building is required by Cobb County Government to have a Certificate of Occupancy before the general public can occupy the facility. This certificate indicates that the building or tenant meets the county’s minimum adopted building and fire codes.
 
SunTrust Park broke ground in Cobb County on Sept. 16, 2014, and will hold its first public event March 31. The home opener is set for April 14.  For all updates, follow the Cobb County SunTrust Park page.

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Renovated motor vehicle office in south Cobb to best serve residents

(Marietta, Ga.--Feb. 1) In response to taxpayer demand, the motor vehicle office in south Cobb has been fully renovated and will reopen Wednesday, Feb. 8. This renovated space will help staff best serve customers with greater comfort and convenience. The office is located in the South Government Service Center, 4700 Austell Road, Austell.

This motor vehicle location originally opened in 1989 and renovations began in October 2016. The team of Tax Commissioner’s Office employees service approximately 95,000 customer transactions annually. Tax Commissioner Carla Jackson thanks residents for their patience during the renovations and extends a special thank you to District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid. The support of Commissioner Cupid made this project possible.

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Media contact:
Sheri Boddie
770-528-8645
sheri.boddie@cobbcounty.org

Cobb County DOT receives GOHS grant for pedestrian safety campaign

(Marietta, GA - Jan. 30, 2017) The Cobb County Department of Transportation recently received $37,975 in grant funding from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant, effective through Sept. 30, 2017, will support the Cobb County Pedestrian Safety Campaign. Federal funding will provide 100 percent of eligible costs for the project.
 
CCDOT has partnered with the Cobb County Safety Village, Safe Kids Cobb County and Cobb & Douglas Public Health to implement the campaign, which will include the development of a short video and distribution of pedestrian safety children’s books. Fourth graders who visit the Safety Village will view the campaign video and take a post-test to exhibit retention of key safety messages such as the importance of avoiding distractions from devices when crossing roads.
 
“Engineering, education and enforcement are equally important elements for improving safety in our community,” said Eric Meyer, CCDOT planning division manager. “This pedestrian safety campaign funding enables us to reach every fourth grader in Cobb County.”
 
The goal of the campaign is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities through early encouragement of safe walking habits for youth in Cobb County and Georgia at large, where pedestrian deaths are up 37 percent over the past two years.
 
Learn more about CCDOT and developments in the county’s pedestrian safety campaign at cobbdot.org. More information about GOHS is available at gahighwaysafety.org
 
 
About the Cobb County Department of Transportation
The Cobb County Department of Transportation develops, manages and operates the county's transportation systems. More than 150 employees work in the department’s administrative, engineering, traffic operations, planning, airport, transit and road maintenance divisions. Working with community partners, CCDOT keeps Cobb in motion using innovative technology to deliver high-impact results that support residents, businesses and visitors.
 
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Cumberland area projects bring new traffic shifts for coming months

(Marietta, Ga. -- Jan. 30) New lane closures and adjustments have begun as Cobb County Department of Transportation staff continues construction projects to improve mobility and traffic in the Cumberland area.
 

  • Interstate North Circle: through March 26 | Pipe Replacement
    Interstate North Circle is closed from just north of its intersection with Interstate North Parkway (near The Weather Channel) to Windy Ridge Parkway until Sunday, March 26. The 60-day full road closure is required as crews replace a failing corrugated metal pipe with a reinforced concrete pipe. All driveways will remain accessible throughout the closure period.
    Click here for a map of the Interstate North Circle project.
  • Windy Hill Road: Jan. 30-March 10 | DDI Construction
    Eastbound travel lanes on Windy Hill Road at the Interstate 75 overpass will shift farther right along the south side of the bridge as crews barricade the center of the roadway for construction of walls and sidewalk. The lane shift will be in place until mid-March, after which the lane configuration for eastbound traffic across the I-75 bridge will be two through lanes and one left turn lane to I-75 north. Construction work in the area will take place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The closure comes as part of continued work on the Windy Hill Diverging Diamond Interchange, one of five projects included in the $48 million traffic and safety improvements along a 1.43-mile stretch of Windy Hill Road from U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway to Powers Ferry Road. Designed to increase capacity, decrease congestion and enhance safety at intersections while minimizing construction costs, the DDI will remove the existing left turn signals for vehicles accessing I-75, eliminating potential crossing conflicts between vehicles. The DDI is expected to be operational this March.
  • Interstate North Parkway: Feb. 1-March 31 | Sidewalk/Trail Installation
    Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, one lane in each direction will be closed along Interstate North Parkway from Windy Ridge Parkway to the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria while a new 12-foot sidewalk/multi-use trail is installed along the east side of the road. Lane closures at both ends of the project are already underway due to construction on the Diverging Diamond Interchange on the north end of the Interstate North Parkway project and with Windy Ridge Parkway bridge construction on the south end. The sidewalk/multi-use trail project will be completed by the end of March. At that time, the northbound lane will reopen. One southbound lane will remain closed permanently.
    Click here for a map of the Interstate North Parkway project.
  • Windy Ridge Parkway: Feb. 2-10 | Bridge Widening
    The westbound lanes of Windy Ridge Parkway over I-75 will be closed between Interstate North Parkway and Circle 75 Parkway 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Thursday, Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 10. Crews will be pouring decks for the widened portion of the bridge on the north side. The Windy Ridge Parkway bridge, which is expected to be substantially complete and operational in March, will provide enhanced pedestrian accommodations and green way space. Click here for a map of the Windy Ridge Parkway project.
Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to direct drivers in each construction area. Motorists should follow the posted detours or take alternate routes to avoid congestion and delays.
 
Project updates are available at cobbdot.org, @CobbDOT on Twitter and @CobbCountyDOT on Facebook and Instagram. Construction and detour information is also online at cobbcommute.org.

Receive real-time alerts about emergency situations

(Marietta Ga.--Jan. 26) Cobb Department of Public Safety staff is working to enhance the delivery of near real-time information to residents about incidents that may have significant and/or imminent impacts on their safety or welfare. DPS has implemented the SwiftReach Swift911 notification system to distribute these types of alerts.

SwiftReach is a high-speed emergency notification system that alerts residents to emergency situations including severe weather, missing and endangered persons or significant road closures due to fatality accidents or other unplanned incidents in the local area. The program has the capability of delivering pre-recorded messages to the entire county via telephone, cell phone, email and text messaging. The system uses a publicly-available list of phone numbers that can be removed, or updated by both residents and businesses.

There are two simple options to opt-in and provide contact information for this service. A sign up portal is available on the Police, Fire, EMA and Public Safety pages on the Cobb County website. Residents can also get the Swift911 Mobile App by texting the word “Swift911” to “99538.” The response text will be a link for the Swift 911 app in the app store. SwiftReach is another example of using current technology to ensure residents receive vital information from the Department of Public Safety.

For more information, visit the Department of Public Safety page at www.cobbcounty.org and click on the SwiftReach icon.

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