There will be multiple roads closed or reduced to one lane during the coming summer months, according to the Cobb County Department of Transportation.
Keith Wykle, a construction worker from west Cobb, said he has experienced frustrating traffic for the past two days in west Cobb County.
“It was bumper to bumper yesterday afternoon,” Wykle said.
Going into Memorial Day weekend, Jim Wilgus, deputy director of the Cobb DOT, said Burnt Hickory Road was closed and Dallas Highway was limited to one lane.
Wykle was set back an hour in traffic because he said there were no signs Thursday Burnt Hickory Road was closed for the replacement of the bridge over Mud Creek for a $1.45 million construction deal.
“They’ve got Burnt Hickory closed down and they didn’t have any signs that it was closed down yesterday,” Wykle said. “I got all the way up to the bridge before there was sign saying there was a closure.”
Wilgus said the road will not reopen between Ernest W. Barrett Parkway and Due West Road until July 28, but that warnings of a detour ahead were now placed along the road.
“At the very first, whenever you’re closing a road to replace a bridge, there’s always a little confusion,” Wilgus said.
Dallas Highway, which will be reduced to one lane between Casteel Road and Villa Rica Highway on and off for the next four months, is being worked on for a $2.95 million construction deal to build a trail next to it.
“We’re looking at some different options out there,” Wilgus said about the one-lane limit.
But Wykle thinks it’s bad timing.
“That’s two main arteries coming out of Marietta that carry a tremendous amount of traffic, and they’ve chosen to close them down,” Wykle said.
The commuter said it was like “a parking lot” out on the roadway.
Later this summer, more roads will close for construction projects.
Stout Parkway, which runs through Powder Springs, is closed between Holman Road and Brown Road until July 28 to replace a bridge, Wilgus said.
Queen Mill Road will be closed from June 2 to 14 to repave the roadway and sidewalks, Wilgus said.
And, Wilgus said, Old Stilesboro Road, which runs through Kennesaw, will be closed from the county line up to Cheatham Hill Road to replace a bridge from mid-June to September.
A rush of repairs come in the summer to avoid school traffic, Wilgus said.
“We know that (a bridge replacement) is going to close a road,” he said. “We try to schedule a bridge replacement as soon as school closes.”
The process of replacing a bridge typically takes two months, Wilgus said.
Bob Weatherford, a former Acworth Board of alderman, will face Bill Byrne, a former county chairman, in a July runoff for the county commissioner seat in District 1, which includes Dallas Highway and Burnt Hickory Road, said traffic is frustrating. But, he said, it’s also a sign of prosperity.
“In a lot of ways, even though it’s not good, it’s a good problem to have. People want to live in Cobb,” Weatherford said.
No one road improvement can provide relief, he said.
“It’ll be an improvement, but it’ll probably never solve the problem,” Weatherford said.
Byrne said he plans on looking into ways to improve traffic in the future because the county continues to grow.
“With the Braves organization and the development that is going to bring, the needs for transportation improvement are going to be equally important, and I think one of the very present issues that this commission is going to face,” Byrne said.