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Pole Relocation and Partial Closure of Paces Ferry Road scheduled for Sunday

(Marietta, GA - June 23, 2016) Rev. June 24

The section of Paces Ferry Road between the intersection with Paces Mill Road and Cochise Drive in Vinings will be closed beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 26. Georgia Power will be replacing several utility poles in the vicinity of the Cobb County Vinings fire station. The road closure is anticipated to last approximately eight hours. To facilitate the safe and efficient relocation of poles, Georgia Power must turn off power to 18 residential customers in the immediate vicinity. They are being contacted directly by Georgia Power; no business customers will be impacted.

Cobb County recommends New Paces Ferry Road as a quick detour around this construction.

For media questions regarding this closure, contact Georgia Power Media Relations at 404-506-7676.
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Deal announces $27 million in transportation infrastructure project awards - Cobb one of 17 governments and CIDs to receive GTIB grant and loan funding

(Atlanta, GA - June 22, 2016) The State Road and Tollway Authority Board (SRTA) voted today and approved funding for 17 transportation infrastructure projects totaling approximately $27 million in grants and loans provided through the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB). The GTIB program is a revolving infrastructure investment fund established in 2008 by Georgia legislators and administered by SRTA. Gov. Nathan Deal serves as chair of the SRTA Board. “Today marks a major transportation milestone for Georgia. Through the GTIB Program, significant transportation infrastructure investments have been made towards the future of our communities – continuing to give Georgia a competitive edge,” Deal said. “Georgia mobility is pivotal to the economic vitality of our great state and this supplemental funding will enhance accessibility and quality of life for employment centers throughout Georgia.” Community improvement districts (CIDs), as well as local and state government entities are eligible for GTIB grant and loan funding. This year, 17 grants and three loans were awarded for this round of the GTIB program. The awardees include: counties — Barrow, Bulloch, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Lee and Peach; Cities – Doraville, Dunwoody, Griffin, Gainesville and Sandy Springs; CIDs — Atlanta, Buckhead, Cumberland and Red Top. “To date, the GTIB program has provided more than $81 million in funding to jumpstart or complete transportation projects across the state, totaling more than $375 million in total project value,” said SRTA Executive Director Chris Tomlinson. “Since 2010, GTIB has awarded projects ranging from the diverging diamond interchanges in Gwinnett and Perimeter Center to roadway extensions in Lee and Peach Counties, and continues to serve our thriving municipalities and governments throughout Georgia.” Grant applications were ranked based on transportation/engineering merit, economic merit, local, state and federal matching funds and project specifics, such as the project phase and feasibility. Loan applications are evaluated based on borrower type, project type and loan spend down/repayment abilities, in addition to the merits of the project itself. Final approval is made by the SRTA Board.

 

Below are a list of project descriptions for this round of GTIB funding: COUNTIES – GTIB GRANTS
Barrow County West Winder Bypass GTIB Grant Award: $1,080,000
Bulloch County Interstate Gateway Corridor – Phase I GTIB Grant Award: $1,502,000

Cobb County

Six Flags Area Improvements at Riverside Parkway
Project seeks to improve mobility on Riverside Pkwy from the I-20 EB off-ramp to Six Flags Drive by realigning an intersection and improving sidewalks, traffic signals and signage. Project will increase the accessibility for thousands of employees and guests to Six Flags Over Georgia.
GTIB Grant Award: $1,600,000

Forsyth County Union Hill Road Widening/Reconstruction GTIB Grant Award: $1,200,000
Gwinnett County SR324 – New Interchange at I-85 GTIB Grant Award: $2,000,000
Hall County Tumbling Creek Road Extension GTIB Grant Award: $2,000,000
Lee County Marlowe Lane Extension GTIB Grant Award: $194,485
Peach County Russell Parkway Extension – Phase 1 GTIB Grant Award: $1,395,395

CITIES – GTIB GRANTS
City of Dunwoody Westside Connector Project GTIB Grant Award: $500,000
City of Doraville Road and Infrastructure Development for Assembly Project GTIB Grant Award: $1,500,000
City of Gainesville Oak Tree Drive/SR 60 Connector Operations GTIB Grant Award: $793,416
City of Griffin North Griffin Right of Way Improvement Program GTIB Grant Award: $992,893
City of Sandy Springs City Center Transportation Network GTIB Grant Award: $600,000

COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS – GTIB GRANTS
Atlanta DID Baker Street Two-Way Conversion GTIB Grant Award: $1,060,000
Buckhead CID Piedmont Road Widening GTIB Grant Award: $1,600,000
Cumberland CID Akers Mill Ramp GTIB Grant Award: $2,000,000
Red Top CID CSX Railroad Bridge Crossing at LakePoint Parkway GTIB Grant Award: $2,000,000
GTIB LOANS
Bulloch County Interstate Gateway Corridor – Phase I GTIB Loan Award: $1,877,000
City of Doraville Road and Infrastructure Development for the Assembly GTIB Loan Award: $1,500,000
City of Sandy Springs City Center Transportation Network GTIB Loan Award: $1,500,000

About SRTA
The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) is a state-level, independent Authority created by the Georgia General Assembly to operate tolled transportation facilities within the State and act as Georgia’s transportation financing arm. Tracing its history back to 1953, SRTA has enabled user fees to be directed to important mobility links, including the original Sidney Lanier Bridge over the Brunswick River, the F.J. Torres Causeway “gateway” to the St. Simons’ community, the GA 400 Extension facilitating commutes into Metro Atlanta, the current I-85 Express Lanes and future electronic toll lanes offering motorists a choice for more reliable travel times.
For information on the GTIB program including grant and loan applications, guidelines, terms and loan interest rates, visit the SRTA website at www.georgiatolls.com. For media inquiries, contact Malika Reed Wilkins at mwilkins@georgiatolls.com

Cobb County DOT Receives State Transit Grants

(Marietta, Ga., June 22, 2016) The Cobb County Department of Transportation received more than $8 million in grants through the state-funded GO! Transit Capital Program on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal and State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) Executive Director Chris Tomlinson announced awards for 11 transit projects, including two for Cobb County. The awards for Cobb will fund bus route expansions.

One grant totaling $5,678,160 will fund the purchase of 12 new buses for the county’s new route 10X. The route will reduce transfers and decrease travel time along the I-75 corridor through limited stop express service from Town Center to the Midtown MARTA station.

Six new buses for the Cumberland Circulator will be purchased with the second $2,680,426 grant, which will allow for two new routes within the Cumberland Community Improvement District. The routes will improve access to locations such as SunTrust Park and the Cobb Galleria.

“This has been a very important day for transit in Cobb,” said Cobb County DOT Interim Director Jim Wilgus.

The SRTA GO! Transit Capital Program aims to address capital-related public transportation needs throughout Georgia. The awarded projects, totaling $75 million, will have a significant impact in improving transit in the state by addressing issues ranging from congestion relief to safety.

For more information on the GO! Transit Capital Program and the grant recipients, visit https://gov.georgia.gov.

Register now for disaster awareness workshops

(Marietta, Ga., June 22) Cobb County Emergency Management Agency staff will host two free Natural Disaster workshops in July for community leaders and senior caregivers. Both are encouraged to register.

The first four-hour course, taught by Cobb EMA staff, will provide community leaders with an understanding of the necessary plans and tools needed to prepare for natural disasters. The training is 8 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, July 12. Participants will be able to identify and define the roles and responsibilities expected of them to assume during a natural disaster.

Cobb EMA staff will also teach senior caregivers how to prepare for natural disasters. The four-hour course is designed to enhance the caregiver's awareness of vulnerability factors associated with senior citizens, who are particularly susceptible to natural hazards. The training is 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.,Tuesday, July 12. Participants will learn how to identify, prepare for and perform many support activities that help ensure the safety and security of seniors when a natural hazard occurs.
 
Register for community leaders workshop and view flyer. Register for senior caregivers workshop and view flyer.

The seminars will be held at Cobb County Emergency Management Agency located at 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta.

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Clarification on Cobb County's 2008 parks bond

(Marietta, GA - June 7, 2016) To clarify some inaccurate reports, in 2014, the county did not redirect money earmarked for the acquisition of public parks. The decision to not issue park bonds took place in 2010 under then-Chairman Sam Olens in response to the great recession. The economic decline of that time forced county leadership to make tough decisions and cutbacks in every area, including acquiring new parks.
 
When the Braves approached Cobb County in 2013, it presented an unparalleled economic development opportunity that would propel investment in the county. The “Coliseum Project” bond issued in 2014 by the Cobb-Marietta Galleria and Exhibit Hall Authority for SunTrust Park was unrelated to the park bond that was abandoned in 2010. It features a debt structure that will be serviced jointly by the Braves, the Cumberland Special Services District and the County. The ballpark has already resulted in a $300 million private investment halo effect, benefiting all Cobb citizens.  
 
In response to citizen interest in reviving the parks acquisition project, in January 2016, the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved moving forward with reconsidering the issuance of the 2008 Greenspace bonds and subsequently charged the Cobb Recreation Board with revisiting the original property list, and began accepting nominations for additional properties.  
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