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Major Roadway Improvement Project Begins on Cumberland Boulevard

(Marietta, GA - Jan. 19, 2017) A popular entrance into Cumberland Mall is getting a facelift as part of an $8.8 million safety and roadway improvement project along Cumberland Boulevard.
 
The Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) project officially began earlier this week and will take 20 months to complete. The project will improve traffic flow along an 0.85-mile section of Cumberland Boulevard from Akers Mill Road to Spring Hill Road while adding a sidewalk on the north side of the I-285 overpass.
 
Operations at the CobbLinc Transfer Station will not be affected during the duration of this project.
 
The road and safety project will include:

  • Widening Cumberland Boulevard from two to three westbound lanes from Akers Mill Road/Stillhouse Road, allowing free-flow right-turn movement from Akers Mill Road southbound to Cumberland Boulevard westbound.  
  • The construction of a new sidewalk on the north side of the I-285 overpass bridge. 
  • Significant intersection traffic and safety improvements and signal operations improvements at Cumberland Boulevard/Cumberland Parkway and at mall entrances on Cumberland Boulevard. 
  • Restriping the Cumberland Boulevard/I-285 bridge overpass to reduce lane width from 12 feet to 11 feet for a 6-foot sidewalk construction along the northern side of the bridge.  (A two-month lane closure may be required for sidewalk construction on the bridge overpass.) 
  • Restriping and new signage west of the I-285 bridge along Cumberland Boulevard, for improved delineation of left-turn lanes for Spring Road and through lanes for Spring Hill Road.  
  • Retaining walls to minimize impacts to the Cumberland Mall parking lots and the Cumberland Place Shopping Center parking lots.  
  • Addition of streetscaping to include landscaping, street and pedestrian lighting, street furniture, pedestrian plazas and corner treatments along both sides of Cumberland Boulevard from Akers Mill Road to Spring Road. 
 
From time to time, lane closures will be scheduled during this project. These closures will occur during overnight hours from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Lane closures will not be allowed during the 2017 holiday shopping season.
 
The project is funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and SPLOST. Project updates are available at www.cobbdot.org@CobbDOT on Twitter and @CobbCountyDOT on Facebook and Instagram.

Download construction map here

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Circle 75 temporary road closure begins Jan. 19

(Marietta, Ga. — Jan. 18) Circle 75 Parkway from Cobb Parkway to Heritage Court will be closed to through traffic from Thursday, Jan. 19 to Wednesday, Jan. 25 due to work on the I-285 multiuse bridge. To access Circle 75 from Cobb Parkway motorists should take Windy Ridge Parkway. Access to the 900 building and Hampton Inn will be maintained at all times. Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to direct drivers.
 
The 1,100-foot bridge, which is slated to be operational by April 2017 and entirely complete later in the summer, will span Galleria Drive, I-285 and Circle 75 Parkway. It will provide pedestrian and shuttle access from the Cumberland Galleria to SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta.

Click here to download a map of the road closure.

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Cobb approves Parks Bond to purchase needed greenspace in county

(Marietta, Ga. — Jan. 10) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve issuance of the voter-approved General Obligation Parks Bond at this morning’s meeting. The principal amount, not to exceed $24.7 million, will be used to finance the acquisition of land in the county for use as public parks in perpetuity.

After an election resolution was adopted on July 22, 2008 by the Board of Commissioners, an election was held in Cobb on Nov. 8, 2008 and the majority of voters approved a bond referendum to purchase park land. Due to the economic recession and corresponding drop in property values within the county, beginning in 2009 and continuing with a more dramatic drop in 2010, the fiscally-conservative decision was made not to proceed with the issuance of the park bond at that time.

The current Board of Commissioners expressed a renewed interest in issuing the park bond, which led to today’s vote. It will take up to 90 days for the bond funds to be issued.

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Cobb County Department of Transportation Inclement Weather Exercise

(Marietta, Ga.— Dec. 5, 2016)

What: The Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) will conduct its annual inclement weather exercise.

Where: The exercise will begin at the CCDOT office at 1890 County Services Parkway, Marietta, Georgia, 30008, and continue along assigned ice and snow routes.

When: Dec. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Dec. 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Who: CCDOT Roadway Maintenance Division staff and operators will conduct the exercise.

Why: Training during the CCDOT’s annual inclement weather exercise allows the department to prepare its staff and equipment operators to function effectively during actual severe winter weather conditions to ensure the safety of citizens on County roads.

Download a full itinerary of the events in the exercise.
 

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For additional information, contact:
 
Torie Anderson, Communications Coordinator
Cobb County Department of Transportation
770-528-1629
torie.anderson@cobbcounty.org


Bill Shelton, Roadway Maintenance Division Manager
Cobb County Department of Transportation
770-528-3686
bill.shelton@cobbcounty.org

Sheri Kell, Director
Cobb County Communications Office
770-528-1155
govpio@cobbcommunications.org

Georgia Environmental Protection Division issues a level 2 drought response declaration

(Marietta, Ga.— Nov. 18, 2016) The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has issued watering restrictions due to drought conditions. Outdoor irrigation is permitted twice a week on the odd/even schedule. Even and unnumbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Odd addresses may water on Thursdays and Sundays before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Cobb County encourages citizens to practice water conservation. 

Not allowed:
• Washing of hard surfaces (streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways)
• Ornamental uses, such as fountains and waterfalls
• Washing vehicles (cars, boats, etc.) at home
• Non-commercial washing or pressure washing
• Charity, or non-commercial fund-raisers or car washes

Allowed anytime - no time of day restrictions:
• Irrigation of personal food gardens
• Irrigation of new and replanted seed or turf in landscapes for a period of 30 days following installation
• Watering with drip irrigation or soaker hoses,
• Hand watering with a hose with shut-off nozzles or watering can, bucket or milk jug
• Use of water withdrawn from private water well, creek, pond or lake on your property.

For more information visit www.cobbwater.org.

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For additional information, contact:
Kathy Nguyen
Senior Project Manager
Cobb County Water System
770-419-6244 or Kathy.Nguyen@cobbcounty.org