Double Lane Roundabout Planned for Town Center
Cobb County plans to build its first Double Lane Roundabout to help ease congestion on Barrett Parkway. The $4.5 million project includes the roundabout at the intersection of Barrett Lakes Blvd and Shiloh Valley Drive, behind the Dick's Sporting Goods on Barrett. Additionally, the roads will be realigned to allow for better flow of traffic through the intersection, according to county officials. This project is designed to make the intersection safer, also.
Construction of the roundabout is expected to begin next October and to be completed around March 2016, according to Jim Wilgus, Cobb County's Deputy Director of Transportation. The county will likely take project bids next summer. There have been quite a few accidents in recent years, in and around this intersection, so the realignment and creation of the roundabout will definitely help reduce accidents, and provide better sight distance by reducing the operating speed, said JoAnn Birrell, County Commissioner.
Drivers will be able to see better traffic flow immediately around the double-lane roundabout, with signs instructing driver navigation. And the roads will be realigned and widened to allow for increased traffic flow, Wilgus said. And the county will add a median to the roads, as well as sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the road.
The $4.5 million project is expected to be paid for with the $1.5 million from the Town Center Community Improvement District and the $1.2 million from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, according to Mary Lou Stephens, Communications Director for the Town Center CID. And the county will provide for the remainder from other SPLOST funds.
All concerned are calling this a real 'Relief Project,' because it is one of several of the new projects around Cobb County that will give residents safety and a relief breather. Last time we looked at the '4 Reversible Lane Project' along I-75 and now this new Roundabout at Town Center. These are two of the new 'relief projects' North of Atlanta.
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