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.