Readers sound off on Lee’s push for reversible lanes
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of in reaction to recent MDJ stories. Lee asks to switch funds for reversible lanes ...

Last GA Democrat — I guess it beats the alternative of the state being stuck in a very long-term contract and not being able to make any type of transportation improvements, roads or mass transit, to parallel right-of-ways like Cobb Parkway for the next 50-70 years and having to pay hundreds-of-millions of dollars more to the partnering private company to be able to legally make those improvements on top of the cost of making improvements.

Just Wait — Reversible lanes are the perfect choice for (Cobb Chairman Tim) Lee and (Kennesaw Mayor Mark) Mathews. In fact, as often as they change course, it is almost mandatory.

May-Retta Survivor — Another “Bait & Switch” Scam. Corruption at it’s best!

The Truth — I want to know why there were no Cherokee officials there standing in solidarity and offering to give up one of their projects or at least a portion of their TIA dollars to ensure the reversible lanes run through the southern portion of their county. I am sure Sen. Chip Rogers is going to make sure they are brought on board for this effort.

Last GA Democrat — There were no Cherokee representatives there (except for Rogers) because I think that they intend to pay for the whole project with Cobb County’s portion of the T-SPLOST revenues with help from the Feds who had already committed roughly in the neighborhood of $300 million or so when the toll lane project was a P3 (public-private partnership).

SG68 — I am sure the Cherokee officials took note of the fact that Kasim Reed got Tim Lee and Mark Mathews to agree to pay for the light rail line for the City of Atlanta with Cobb taxpayer money. So they probably figure that Dumb & Dumber will do the same for them when it comes to the reversible lane project. It’s bad enough that Tim Lee falls in love with every tax increase opportunity that comes along!! However, the fact that he is willing to take those Cobb-generated tax revenues and pay for improvements in other political jurisdictions is insane.

What the!? — So, how do we get these new lanes across the ‘Hooch bottleneck? Would they stop before then?

Last GA Democrat — The new elevated reversible lanes would stop before they reach the Chattahoochee as they would only primarily run on I-75 between the I-575 merge/split and the I-285 Cobb Cloverleaf where they would connect to the current existing HOV lanes that run south from I-285 into Atlanta.

MK-outer perimeter — I would imagine there was a meeting held w/ all the ‘money men’ to come up w/ a plan, to quiet the Cobb naysayers, before they ruin it for everyone. These boyz want their hands on this money sooooo bad, they can taste it!

Anonymous — If a bus route is viable, why not let a private company handle the job?

Anonymous — This is not a time for potshots at politicians. Let’s acknowledge that this is really good news and good for the citizens of Cobb County. Let’s hope the Legislature gets their job done.

Last GA Democrat — I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is really good news as the tolls on the reversible lanes will shoot through the roof at rush hour to keep the lanes flowing at 45 mph, but it is more than likely the best news that we are going to get when it comes to some type of minimal traffic relief in the I-75 NW Corridor.

P*ssed in Mableton — It’s too late to care now, Mr. Lee! The General Assembly will not do this as everyone will want to make changes to their lists. I will be voting no as once again, Cobb is more concerned about commuters and residents living in Cherokee and Bartow counties than those of us who live in South Cobb.

Last GA Democrat — @P*ssed in Mableton: I don’t know how the General Assembly would go about being involved in changing the list, but it is known that this shift in funds from transit to HOT lanes on I-75 has the backing of Gov. Deal himself for both logistical and political reasons.

May Retta — More Lee meddling, hide your wallet!

CobbCountyRedneck — WOW!! Does this mean Cobb’s entire $1.05 Billion is going to pay for this project? How does does impact the Alternatives Analysis? I guess they are going to have to change their predetermined outcome. How are the Chamber and Cumberland CID going to react to this?

SG68 — This is what you call taking advantage of an opportunity to back away from an ill-conceived project list that was political poison. Regardless of their motivation, Lee and Mathews are probably doing the right thing.

I have to believe that both the Chamber and the Cumberland CID blessed this change even though it was probably a very bitter pill to swallow. (Cobb DOT head Faye) DiMassimo is probably beside herself since this renders the Alternatives Analysis useless. I wonder how Mayor Kasim Reed and MARTA are going to react to this since it takes away their “free” light rail connection to Cobb County?

Last GA Democrat — Definitely not a bluff as it is not just Lee himself that is driving this, but the Cobb state legislative delegation and, ESPECIALLY, Governor Deal that is the driving force behind this as all along there have been factions within state government that wanted to use Cobb’s T-SPLOST revenues to fund the I-75/I-575 West-by-Northwest HOT Lane Project as the Public-Private Partnership was always thought to be shaky by many in state government, starting with Deal.

Cobb Pkwy Express —Why should we pay for a road that will mostly benefit those in Cherokee and Bartow counties? What about making Cobb Parkway a limited access road from Hwy I-575 to I-285?

Last Ga. Democrat — @Cobb Pkwy Express: The HOT lane project will also benefit Cobb as there will be entrance and exit ramps to and from the proposed HOT lanes in Cobb at Terrell Mill Road, Roswell Road, I-575, Big Shanty Road and Hickory Grove Road.
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