No-parking barricades placed on Sope Creek Bridge sidewalk

Sope Creek Bridge no parking

When the new Sope Creek Bridge opened on Paper Mill Road in 2013, it included widened sidewalks that have been heavily utilized by residents and pedestrians using the trails at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

They’re wide enough for vehicles to park, and a recent rash of those illegal parkings has prompted Cobb Police to put up barriers that still give pedestrians enough room.

It’s a safety issue, and the reminder and photo come from the office of Commissioner Bob Ott, who said in his weekly newsletter said police are working with Cobb DOT “to design a solution that works with the surroundings.”

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Railroad crossing repairs to close part of Shallowford Road next week

Shallowford Road closed

From Cobb DOT, a heads-up if you drive in this area:

Shallowford Road will be closed to thru traffic between Maybreeze Road and Canton Road from 6 p.m. on 7/28 to noon on 7/29 with the actual point of full closure being the railroad crossing located east of Canton Road to allow for rebuilding the crossing. This work is dependent on weather conditions and may delayed 24 hours if rain persists, however, closure times will remain the same.

 

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Georgia gas prices continue to rise ahead of July 4 weekend

Georgia gas prices New Year

If you’re heading out of town for the July 4 holiday weekend, you’re going to pay a few pennies more per gallon to fill your tank than what it cost last weekend.

AAA––The Auto Club Group, which includes Georgia, said the average statewide increase has been around 8 cents a gallon, continuing an upward trend that has seen prices go up by 25 cents since the start of June.

Georgia motorists are paying an average of around $2 a gallon, and around $30 for a 15-gallon tank of gasoline.

That’s still a lot less than the recent peak of $2.74 a gallon in April 2019.

“Demand levels are likely to ebb and flow in the coming weeks as people continue to be cautious about travel,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA––The Auto Club Group. “As a result, pump prices will likely continue to increase through the end of July.”

The national average is $2.18, a jump of five cents from last week.

In metro Atlanta, the current average is $1.98 for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline, and in Cobb County, the average price is $1.97.

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East Cobb traffic alert: Lower Roswell Road closed at Ancient Oaks Court

Lower Roswell Road blocked

 

Map and info from Commissioner Bob Ott’s office:

Due to a crash involving a downed utility pole, all lanes are blocked at Lower Roswell Rd at Ancient Oaks Ct. If you are driving in the area, please plan an alternate route.

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Georgia vehicle registration deadline extended until mid-June

Georgia vehicle registration deadline extended

If your vehicle registration was due to expire between March 16 and June 14, you’ll have some extra time to renew it, depending on the expiration date.

This week the Georgia Department of Revenue announced that the extension applies to “all annual registrations, including personal passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, vehicles registered in the International Registration Plan (IRP), and temporary operating permits (TOPs) issued at the time of a vehicle purchase.”

“While I have extended this deadline to give Georgians more time to register a new vehicle or renew current vehicle registrations, I strongly encourage taxpayers, especially those whose registrations were originally due in March and April, to register or renew as soon as possible and not wait until June 15th,” Georgia Revenue Commissioner David Curry said.

Drivers who need to renew are encouraged to do so online as more county tag offices start to reopen.

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Flooding closes Keheley Road-Eula Drive intersection again

Keheley Road at Eula Drive closed
Cobb DOT map

A waterlogged intersection in Northeast Cobb that was closed last month after heavy rains is shut down again.

Cobb County’s communications office sent a message Thursday afternoon that Keheley Road is closed at Eula Drive for the time being, as another bout of rainy weather is slated to move out of the area.

The water from the rains is running over from a privately-owned late into the intersection.

It’s near Keheley Elementary School, but the closure isn’t affecting related traffic. However, the county’s message said the solution involves negotiating with the lake owner.

The message said the county will monitor water levels before reopening the intersection. Residents aren’t being cut off but some may have to use a detour.

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Winter weather prompts Cobb schools to cancel activities through Friday noon

The Cobb County School District doesn’t have classes this week due to the winter break, but extracurricular activities have been cancelled Friday until noon due to the possibility of icy weather overnight.
Campbell High School lockdown

CCSD employees who are not on winter break do not have to report to work until noon Friday.

Activities taking place this week involve athletics, winter camps and clubs at some schools. Events scheduled after noon on Friday will be held.

Johnson Ferry Christian Academy announced late Thursday afternoon that all Friday classes and after-school activities are cancelled.

The Thursday night forecast called for continuing rain and low temperatures around or below freezing.

Cobb is included in a special advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Atlanta that warns about the possibility of black ice on the roads overnight.

Cobb County government issued the following message about 3:45 p.m. Thursday:

With wet roads, soaked soil, and diving temperatures, the National Weather Service is warning of a “higher than normal” chance of black ice overnight and during the Friday AM rush hour. Cobb DOT has crews on standby and trucks loaded to handle any calls that come in. Report dangerous situations to 911, and use extreme caution especially when driving in the dark.

The county also announced that MUST Ministries in Marietta will open its Loaves & Fishes kitchen (55 Elizabeth Church Road, Marietta) at 8 p.m. Thursday for women and children seeking shelter. Men will be referred to the nearby Extension.

Icy and snowy advisories were issued earlier for the mountains of North Georgia.

Heavy rains have poured all day on Thursday in Cobb and metro Atlanta. By mid-afternoon, the temperature reached 40, and the rain is forecast to end by Thursday night.

But there’s a 50 percent chance of rain by early evening Thursday, and overnight lows Thursday and into Friday could dip down to 30 or lower.

The sun is forecast to arrive by mid-morning Friday, but it will be cold all day, with highs only in the mid-40s.

Friday night lows will be even colder, in the mid-20s, before a sunny Saturday, with highs expected in the mid 50s.

Sunday also will be in the mid-50s and partly cloudy, before the rain returns Monday and Tuesday to greet students and teachers as they return to school.

 

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Willeo Road lane closures slated for Willeo Creek bridge work

Willeo Road lane closures

Cobb County government sent this out Friday morning, along with the map above:

Beginning Monday, February 17, contractors will be performing soil borings on Willeo Road at the Willeo Creek bridge. Drilling will take place daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through February 21.

This work will require a single lane closure of the bridge either northbound or southbound. Drivers should expect delays during this time and reduced speed through the work zones. Drivers are encouraged to avoid this area and consider alternative routes if possible.

This work is being conducted as part of the Willeo Road over Willeo Creek bridge replacement project. Construction for this project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2021.

Any questions can be directed to Scott Brunner, City of Roswell Traffic Engineer, at [email protected]

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East Cobb traffic alert: Sandy Plains Road closures for Monday

Sandy Plains road closures

Cobb County government said Sunday that there will be intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday along Sandy Plains Road, between Piedmont Road and Ebenezer Road.

That’s due to pavement marking activities. The temporary closures will not involve northbound and southbound lanes at the same time.

The county message said if the work isn’t done by 3 p.m. Monday the work will continue on Tuesday.

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East Cobb weather update: Keheley Road closed due to flooding

Here’s what Cobb County was sharing around 1 p.m. Friday about the cleanup of roads and parks after the heavy rains the last couple days:

All Cobb parks have opened except Noonday Creek Park and some fields in Fullers Park that have experienced flooding issues.

Parks crews are clearing debris at East Cobb Park, Sandy Plains Park and others.

The only road that remains closed is Keheley Road, in northeast Cobb, north of Shallowford Road and at Eula Drive (in photo), because of water spilling over onto the road.

Cobb Police said late Thursday that that stretch of Keheley Road may be closed for a few days while cleanup continues.

 

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East Cobb traffic alert: Sandy Plains Road closed due to gas leak

Sandy Plains Road closed

Cobb Police just issued a notice that a stretch of Sandy Plains Road near Scufflegrit Road is closed because of a gas leak.

The portion of Sandy Plains that is shut down in both directions is between Broussard Way and Rosebriar Drive, both residential streets, and the closure could last for several hours.

Police and fire crews are on the scene. The closest alternates are Canton Road and the Canton Road Connector to the west and Scufflegrit Road and Piedmont Road to the east.

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Georgia gas prices drop 7 cents at the start of February

Georgia gas prices New Year

From AAA:

Georgia gas prices declined at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.30 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 7 cents less than a week ago, 14 cent less than last month, and 16 cents more than this time last year.

It now costs $34.50 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $6.60 less than what motorists paid in April of 2019, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.74 per gallon.

“Increased total domestic stocks of gasoline have helped to ease pump price,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Typically, we see lower demand during this time of year. When combined with higher stock levels, pump prices usually decrease in response.”

Rising Gas Stocks Put Downward Pressure on Winter Pump Prices

The national gas price average is $2.47, which is 5 cents cheaper than last week, 11 cents less than last month, and 22 cents more than a year ago. Gas prices have continued to drop over the last week as gasoline stocks grew again, measuring at 260 million barrels– the highest stock level ever recorded by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) since it began recording the data in 1990. EIA estimates that demand grew slightly from 8.56 million b/d to 8.66 million b/d. However, the current rate is lower than last year’s 8.87 million b/d at this time.

Regional Prices:

Atlanta ($2.31)

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets –Brunswick ($2.43), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.42), and Savannah ($2.38).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.19), Dalton ($2.20), and Rome ($2.21).

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