Highway 41 bridge over ’Hooch to be replaced
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
November 08, 2011 12:53 AM | 3076 views | 4 4 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VININGS — As part of a $45 million spending package, The Georgia Department of Transportation has allotted $12.6 million for a new bridge along U.S. Highway 41/State Route 3 across the Chattahoochee River, where it changes from Cobb Parkway into Northside Parkway, it announced Monday.

The new six-lane bridge will replace the current span between Cobb and Fulton counties, which was built in 1935. GDOT expects the new bridge to be complete by December 2014.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of traffic that goes that way to Atlanta,” said Commissioner Bob Ott, who represents Cobb’s part of the bridge. “It’s definitely going to be beneficial to the residents of Cobb.”

The current four-lane bridge has only a double yellow line separating northbound and southbound traffic. GDOT officials said the new bridge will be divided and have sidewalks and spacious shoulders.

Mike Cates, preconstruction engineer with the Cobb Department of Transportation, said Cobb Parkway is also being expanded to six lanes from the bridge northward to Akers Mill Road, just south of Cumberland Mall.

“They’ll wait until after the bridge is complete to start that,” he said.

The bridge construction project, which will span just over half a mile, has been bid to E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. of Snellville.

Since the bridge goes through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, it had to get approval from both the National Park Service and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Cates said. The bridge will also be part of a multi-purpose trail, which will connect to a system that will eventually link into the Silver Comet Trail.

Cates said GDOT will work on the bridge in segments, with four lanes always remaining open.

“They’ll build it in pieces,” he said.

The Cumberland Community Improvement District paid $870,000 toward the design of the project, Cates said. Cobb County’s only budgeted contribution is $1,400 for internal project management and review.

Although the bridge will be owned by Fulton County, Ott said Cobb residents stand to benefit most from the project.

“It will be a little bit of inconvenience while they build the bridge, but once it’s all done, it will greatly improve the traffic flow,” he said.
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NotSoPC
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November 08, 2011
Isn't half the bridge in the City of Atlanta?

How much did Atlanta contribute to the design?

Just another example of the Cumberland CID being in Kasim Reed's pocket and doing the heavy lifting for the City of Atlanta.

No wonder Cobb County is being set up to pay for the Arts Center to Cumberland light rail in the TSPLOST.

Mayor Reed has found a real sucker in Tad Leithead and the Cumberland CID and he's playing it for all it's worth!!!
CobbCountyRedneck
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November 08, 2011
Great news!!

Let's keep Tim Lee as far away from this project as possible or he will inevitably find a way to screw it up!!

Art G.
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November 08, 2011
With the legal issues about the Chatahoochee and water supply, this will be a bridge over troubled water.
Last GA Democrat
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November 08, 2011
WOO-HOO!!! It's about time.
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