Windy Hill Road to get $25M widening project
by Jon Gillooly
October 27, 2012 02:02 AM | 5012 views | 6 6 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The county is planning to widen the 1.5-mile stretch of Windy Hill Road between Cobb Parkway and Powers Ferry Road to six lanes at a cost of about $25 million.

Construction is anticipated to begin next summer and be completed in the summer of 2016.

Bob Hovey of west Cobb, who serves on the county’s planning commission, dropped by a public meeting about the project held at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

“This is the other end of the Windy Mac project,” Hovey said, noting it is an extension of the Windy Hill Road/Macland Road Connector, recently built to provide west Cobb motorists a more direct route to Interstate 75 by connecting Macland Road at Powder Springs Road to Windy Hill Road at Austell Road.

Hovey said the sooner the project is built the better.

Commissioner Bob Ott said when the Windy Hill/Macland Road Connector opened, as many as 14,000 cars a day were added on Windy Hill Road.

“So we knew that was going to have an impact on Windy Hill, kind of a ripple-down effect, so we’ve identified various choke points, and this is one of the big ones because it’s at the interchange of 75,” he said. “We worked real hard to work on traffic flow from 41 to 75 and then from 75 to Wildwood, because that’s kind of the traffic pattern in the morning and the afternoon.”

Ott said he instructed staff to be careful about restricting traffic flow around businesses.

“It’s real easy to draw plans that put in medians and expedite the flow of traffic, but staff will tell you that probably one of the biggest things that I was a stickler about was the businesses,” he said. “Any time you put in a median, you’re now restricting access to those businesses.”

Installing breaks in the median where necessary as well as targeting traffic light timing and turn lanes and how many cars stack in a lane were therefore examined in detail, he said.

The Windy Hill Road section from the bridge over I-75 to Cobb Parkway, a distance of 0.87 miles, is projected to cost $14.8 million for right-of-way, construction, and utilities, paid for with 2011 SPLOST dollars, said Jane Stricklin, the county’s development services manager. The project will add an additional lane in each direction for a total of six lanes and remove the existing center turn lane and turn it into a median.

The Cumberland Community Improvement District is paying Moreland Altobelli $366,000 for the engineering/design work, she said.

The section from I-75 to Powers Ferry — “Windy Hill East” — is the same proposal, with six lanes, a median and some turn lane improvements. The cost of that 0.63-mile section for right-of-way, construction and utilities is estimated at $9.8 million, also to be paid for out of the 2011 SPLOST.

The CID is paying Arcadis and Moreland Altobelli $402,000 for the design work. In addition, the State Road and Tollway Authority awarded the CID a $1 million grant for improvements to the section on Windy Hill between Spectrum Circle and Powers Ferry, Stricklin said.

The project does not expand the Windy Hill bridge, which will simply be restriped.

Ott believes the project will benefit the community.

“It’s being done in District 2, but it benefits a sizable portion of the county because the folks that are coming across the Windy Hill Extension are coming from West Cobb and even Paulding County,” Ott said
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Robert Bayless
November 05, 2012
Whether they like it or not, the bridge of I-75 at Windy Hill will have to be widened to take the resulting traffic flow, after the 6-lane widening takes place.

So plan it for the next phase of this traffic control program.
mk@ sue bee
October 29, 2012
Every Cobb County tax payer should demand an audit of Croy Engineering, ( and all other HIGH paid engineers & road contractors)! Croy Engineering has political ties, dating way back! Croy was head of the DOT under governor Roy Barnes. Roy Barnes owned about 1/3rd of the company, up until he ran for governor again against Deal. Croy Engineering is heavily involved in Smyrna SPLOST, as a matter of fact, they are Program Manager of the 2005 SPLOST AND the 2011 SPLOST. The check register shows 17 million of 43 million for the 2005 SPLOST in checks written to Croy . All checks written from SPLOST funds must go through Croy.

It is my understanding, also that our local senator, Senator Doug Stoner, is some sort of paid consultant for Croy Engineering. Stoner was a key figure pushing the FAILED T-Splost!!

When I have questioned over & over my concerns on the (20 MILLION) dollar Concord Road Improvement, that has sat in total disrepair since 2005, destroying house values in MY neighborhood w/ no signs of one single improvement,..Jim Croy tells me,.. don't be mad at us,.. we're just doing what we're told.

These high dollar, never ending government road contracts are EXACTLY what the FBI needs to be investigating!

Until a thorough audit, we really don't know if all is accountable, do we??

And, by the way,.. I've never said anything that's not TRUE,.. I question where our tax money goes,.. as should ALL citizens,... especially living in the number ONE state for government corruption,... Georgia!!!
October 28, 2012
So it sounds like ott wants to save money, unless it comes to his district. Then lets make it as big and fancy as possible. Apparently it is impossible to make a U-turn on windy hill to gain access to a business.
mary kirkendoll
October 27, 2012
This is an extrodinary WASTE! This section of Windy Hill is already wide and rarley sees traffic backups. The reason for the snarles is the lack of synchronized lights for one, and the back ups getting onto I-75!

If the DOT really wanted to fix a major PROBLEM,.. spend this money on the Spring Road/Cobb Parkway NIGHTMARE! It is IMPOSSIBLE to exit the I-285 ramp that dead-ends onto Cobb Parkway, then make your way across traffic , just to sit in the extreme long light left turn lanes towards Smyrna! WHY not FIX what NEEDs fixing??

Also, what is absolutely needed at Windy Hill and Cobb Parkway, is more TURN lanes and KEEP MOVING turn lanes! 5 million could fix this intersection,.. easy!!

Me thinks the Windy Hill Road widening where it doesn't need widening, is just a gravy train, er, payoff, to the WELL connected DOT/engineers and contractors!

Come on FBI,.. investigate the Cobb County DOT and Croy Engineering!!
Sue Bee
October 27, 2012
MK, no where in the article is Croy Engineering mentioned. I hope Croy sues you one day for slander, maybe that will shut you up. Save the settlement you received from Smyrna, you will need that and much more after Croy finishes with you.
October 27, 2012
Seriously? How do medians help with the traffic flow? All it does it back traffic up further because people can't get over and turn. There's always people turning in every direction on that part of Windy Hill. Sure, adding another lane might help, but then you back track by adding a median. Of course the median will help to provide senseless jobs by constantly switching between a paved median and one with grass. Thank you Cobb county.
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