Two pillars mark end of Roswell Street work
by Nikki Wiley
April 03, 2014 04:00 AM | 2914 views | 7 7 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta city councilman Philip Goldstein, who represents the area, observes work being done on a streetscape design at the intersection of Roswell Street and Cobb Parkway. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Marietta city councilman Philip Goldstein, who represents the area, observes work being done on a streetscape design at the intersection of Roswell Street and Cobb Parkway.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
slideshow
MARIETTA — Two monument-style columns going up at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Street signify the conclusion of a yearslong streetscape project, at least for now.

The 15-foot weathered cobblestone pillars being erected on the west side of Cobb Parkway at the entrance to Roswell Street should be completed within about three weeks, said City Engineer Charlie Lanz.

At $15,000 each, the columns will feature the city’s logo on the top along with the words “Roswell Street” inscribed on the bottom. The monuments are being constructed by Cumming-based Johnson Landscapes.

Similar to the pillars on display at the South Loop and Frasier Street, Lanz said the columns aim to create a gateway entrance to Marietta.

“(Residents) want more of them,” Lanz said. “There’s been talk about doing some more gateway areas like at the South Loop and Cobb Parkway.”

Most of the $24 million streetscape and road widening project extending from the Marietta Square to the Big Chicken has been completed. Just a stretch of road less than a mile long from Dodd Street to Fairground Street remains.

A portion of the project was delayed from Victory Drive to Dodd Street because of disputes between the city and the 9,000-member Roswell Street Baptist Church, which sits on that block at 774 Roswell St.

The city wanted to take part of the 70-year-old church’s property to widen the road, which would have eliminated a swath of parking spaces the church owns and uses. The city reached an agreement with the church in September.

Councilman Philip Goldstein, who represents the area, said the improvements have helped improve the impression for newcomers traveling to the Square on Roswell Street.

“It’s a main entrance toward the city of Marietta,” Goldstein said.

The work comes on the tail end of sidewalk, lighting and landscaping enhancements along with a landscaped median stretching from Dodd Street to Cobb Parkway.

That median has helped improve traffic flow, Lanz said, because motorists driving west on Roswell Street no longer delay traffic when making a right turn.

“If you use the intersection a lot, it makes a world of difference,” Goldstein said.

Lanz also said a dedicated right turn lane will be installed on the eastern side of the intersection next to the Big Chicken. That portion of the road once contained a dedicated turn lane, but that was given up when Rowell Street was expanded.

The Roswell Street improvement is funded by special purpose local option sales tax collections, but some City Council members have said more of that tax money may be needed to complete the project.

Roswell Street has already gone through two cycles of SPLOST funding, but more may be needed to finish the remaining portion from Dodd Street to Fairground Street.

City officials will determine this month which projects they want to fund under the next installment of SPLOST which will go before voters in November.

9,000-member Roswell Street Baptist Church, which sits on that block at 774 Roswell St.

The city wanted to take part of the 70-year-old church’s property to widen the road, which would have eliminated a swath of parking spaces the church owns and uses. The city reached an agreement with the church in September.

Councilman Philip Goldstein, who represents the area, said the streetscape project has helped improve the impression for newcomers traveling to the Square on Roswell Street.

“It’s a main entrance toward the city of Marietta,” Goldstein said.

The work comes on the tail end of sidewalk, lighting and landscaping enhancements along with a landscaped median from Dodd Street to Cobb Parkway.

That median has helped improve traffic flow, Lanz said, because motorists driving west on Roswell Street no longer delay traffic when making a right turn.

“If you use the intersection a lot, it makes a world of difference,” Goldstein said.

Lanz also said a dedicated right-turn lane will be installed on the eastern side of the intersection next to the Big Chicken. That portion of the road once contained a dedicated turn lane, but that was given up when Rowell Street was expanded.

The Roswell Street improvement is funded by special-purpose local-option sales tax collections, but some City Council members have said more of that tax money may be needed to complete the project.

Roswell Street has already gone through two cycles of SPLOST funding, but more may be needed to finish the remaining portion from Dodd Street to Fairground Street.

City officials will determine this month which projects they want to fund under the next installment of SPLOST, which will go before voters in November.

Comments
(7)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
anonymous
|
April 05, 2014
Goldstein likes the idea? That's not surprising, his family owns a significant portion of the real estate around the square.

ROBERT H
|
April 04, 2014
THEN WHY ARE THEY TAKING 1 OF THEM DOWN ALREADY
Watcher...
|
April 04, 2014
My apology...

Two pillars in Marietta cost $ 30,000!!!!!
DGB
|
April 03, 2014
What a waste of money. Apparently no one EVER travels to Marietta Square from the WEST side of town. Weekday rush hour traffic is always backed up to Home Depot on Dallas Hwy. If there is an accident it can take up to an hour to get to the square. When are the city "leaders" going to wake up and realize that Whitlock Avenue needs to be widened to four lanes from John Ward Rd to the square? All of them live in a bubble and could care less and yet they spent thousands of dollars on sidewalks that no one is going to use! That precious amount of space could have been used to widen the roads. Wake up you fools and stop pretending this is not a problem.
Watcher...
|
April 03, 2014
I am sick and tired of Governments WASTING Taxpayer dollars on Gateways and Streetscapes.

Two pillars in Marietta cost $ 230,000!!!!!

Stop the waste!

Marietta Bureaucrats and Elected Officials will waste money on these projects and allow, by lack of supervision, the loss of $ 230,000 in Section 8 Housing funds!

STOP the waste!
DGB
|
April 03, 2014
Watcher, I couldn't agree with you more. The poor in this community do not matter. Displacing the poor to build mini mansions so they can make themselves look better. Heaven forbid anyone see a poor person on Marietta square! Oh, the horror of it all. Marietta is nothing but an uppity stuck up town with old stuck up OM people who look down their nose at you if you have the wrong last name. I hope the next generation puts their status aside and works for the whole community, not just the rich.
anonymous
|
April 03, 2014
OMG can you not READ?? it's $30,000
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides