TCID green-lights $102,000 in transportation projects
by Jon Gillooly
August 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 692 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TOWN CENTER - Town Center Area Community Improvement District's board recently approved $102,000 in transportation recommendations, including an extra $80,000 for design services for a bridge linking a growing university campus to the Town Center area.

The $17.3 million "Skip Spann Connector" project includes a new bridge over Interstate 75 north of Chastain Road. It will link Kennesaw State University's campus off Frey Road to the Town Center area off Busbee Drive.

The project is being coordinated by Croy Engineering LLC and ARCADIS.

Lanie Shipp, CID executive director, said $25,000 will be spent for lighting on a roundabout at the intersection near Busbee Drive and $5,000 for a strength analysis of the pavement on the connector.

Another $25,000 will help pay for a public hearing and an environmental study, as required by Georgia DOT and the Federal Highway Administration.

The cost of extra work time that was needed to prepare the construction documents by July 31 and another survey amounts to $25,000. Georgia DOT requires this to be done in order for the CID to be eligible for $10.2 million in state funding.

Groundbreaking on the bridge is scheduled for October and it should open in the spring of 2015.

The bridge will have two westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes. In addition, on the west end at KSU, it will have a left-turn lane from the bridge westbound to Frey Road and southbound toward Chastain Road with two lanes going into KSU. The bridge also will have walking and biking lanes.

The multimillion dollar project is being funded as follows: design and engineering, CID, $1.4 million; right-of-way, KSU pays $700,000 and Cobb County pays $2 million; construction, Cobb County pays $3 million and GDOT pays $10.2 million.

The board also approved the use of $12,000 to make revisions to the plans for the corridor being referred to as the South Barrett Parkway Reliever.

It will run between Barrett Parkway and Roberts Drive and will help relieve congestion around I-75 and Barrett.

"The last design showed almost a 90-degree angle when you crossed 75 and (contractors) didn't feel like that would work, so they are going to go back in and adjust that," Shipp said.

Shipp said only Phase 1 of the project, which is between Cobb Parkway and Greers Chapel and Barrett Lakes to Barrett Parkway, was completed in 2011.

The full project will pick up at Barrett Lakes and Shiloh Valley Drive and go east over I-75 and north on Roberts Court.

"It is being developed to reduce congestion on Barrett Parkway at I-75 and Barrett Parkway at Busbee Parkway," Shipp said. "Since it is still in concept, I do not have the cost of project nor is there funding."

A "not to exceed $10,000" proposal for the design of Noonday Park behind Town Center mall was also approved. They agreed to allow Josh Winter of Winter Design in Marietta to develop the plan.

"He is who put the beautiful landscaping along 75 at Cumberland Parkway on the south side," Shipp said.

Winter was also hired by the CID to complete the landscaping along Barrett Parkway near the mall at the Interstate 575 intersection.

"Because he knows what we like, he prepared a concept we could look at to see what could be done there for a community park," Shipp said.

The 46-acre park would include trails, playgrounds and possibly a gazebo around the pond.

"We think it could all be dressed up and could make up a community area for the Town Center area to come together," she said.

An $11.6 million project the board didn't vote on but talked about was the Noonday Creek Trail, which stretches between Kennesaw Mountain and Bells Ferry Road.

The 7-mile, multi-purpose sidewalk, which is 8 feet wide and includes five pedestrian bridges and two trail heads, is about three-fourths of the way complete. There are about 3 miles of it between Duncan and Bells Ferry roads.

Design of the project, which cost about $990,000, was handled by the CID. The $1.9 million right-of-way was funded by Cobb DOT and the $8.7 million construction costs are being paid for by Cobb DOT, Georgia DOT and the National Park Service.

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