County solicits input on proposed roundabout
by Jon Gillooly
April 23, 2013 12:04 AM | 2863 views | 7 7 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The county is asking for comments about a proposed roundabout it is looking to build at the intersection of John Ward and Cheatham Hill roads.

The timeline is to begin construction in March with the project completed in fall 2015 at a cost of about $760,000, paid with funds from the special purpose local option sales tax that voters approved in 2011, said county engineer Mike Wright.

Wright said one of the problems with the intersection is that for those drivers who want to turn left from John Ward Road onto Cheatham Hill in the morning, oncoming traffic requires them to wait long periods for a gap.

“Also, if somebody is coming up Cheatham Hill and wants to turn left on John Ward, because you’ve got traffic going in both directions, sometimes they have to sit there for several minutes at the mercy of somebody that will finally stop and make a left turn out of there,” he said.

Wright said his office is asking residents to share their thoughts on the project over the next 30 days.

Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham, who represents the area in west Cobb, said she supports a roundabout being constructed there.

“I am most definitely in favor of it, and I am most definitely the biggest supporter of roundabouts,” Goreham said.

Goreham said her district had the first roundabout in the county a few years ago built at the intersection of West Sandtown and Villa Rica roads.

“It’s worked out fabulously,” she said. “First of all, it’s very cost effective. But most importantly, it increases safety at an intersection while allowing for an increased flow of traffic.”

To provide the county input into the proposed roundabout, call Wright at the engineering division of the Cobb County Department of Transportation at (770) 528-1621.
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ScottRAB
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April 25, 2013
The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM ).

Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit http://tinyurl.com/iihsRAB for FAQs and safety facts.
Craig Kootsillas
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April 23, 2013
The time to see public input is BEFORE the decision is made to build it.

This roundabout is being shoved down the throat of those that live in the area.

Thanks, Helen.
West Cobber
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April 23, 2013
There is a public safety need for a traffic circle at the intersection of Due West Road and Antioch Road. Get it done Cobb County. I am sure there are some funds left over from a SPLOST that was snuck into a special election from 2000.
Nuff Room
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April 23, 2013
I propose having enough room on all sides of this roundabout so it does not end up a total cluster like the one on Fairground right dang next to US 41 and the QT in & out
Truth be told
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April 23, 2013
@ Nuff Room, that roundabout is in the City of Marietta, not unincorporated Cobb, so it does not have anything to do with Cobb County Commissioners/DOT or anything, but I totally agree with you being a total cluster, the real problem is QT at US 41 and Allgood that store is a traffic nightmare, why on earth the City allowed it to go there, the roundabout would be good but everyone that wants their QT fix is the real problem...at all times of the day.
mcroundabout
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April 23, 2013
Please run with this idea and consider putting another one further down John Ward at Irwin Rd, the flow of regular morning traffic with school traffic causes too many backups.
anonymous
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April 23, 2013
Is it only me or is it that all of Cobb County officials are at war with each other? "The timeline is to begin construction in March with the project completed in fall 2015 at a cost of about $760,000, paid with funds from the special purpose local option sales tax that voters approved in 2011, said county engineer Mike Wright." This SPLOST thing is coming out more and more and more as a puzzle. More pieces to follow.

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