Marietta Police are urging motorists not to use Interstate 75 north at Roswell Road Sunday afternoon after an accident shut down three left lanes.
Police issued an alert around 12:30 p.m. saying the clean-up would take between 5 and 8 hours, and that the lane closures were necessary to make repairs.
“A hole in this overpass has closed the #3 lane from the left wall and will require a detour of traffic” for several hours, the alert read, suggesting use of the North or Marietta Parkway as alternate routes.
Georgia 511 camera footage shows backups on I-75 north to I-285, and even some of the detour routes are starting to back up, including Roswell Road at Cobb Parkway.
The nearly $9 million project (fact sheet; location map) would expand traffic lanes along Lower Roswell between Woodlawn Drive and Davidson Road, create special turn lanes in some areas and construct a raised median along one portion of the route that’s been the subject of numerous discussions.
The project is part of the 2011 Cobb government SPLOST, and it’s taken longer than usual to get to this point, according to Karyn Matthews, a Cobb DOT traffic engineer whose area covers Cobb commission District 2.
Right-of-way acquisitions also have complicated the work, as has research into property deeds and related matters.
“For Cobb DOT, this is a long one,” she said, “but we wanted to get the right concept for the community.”
Cobb commissioners are presented with concept plans for major traffic improvement projects before construction bids are sought.
Matthews said after a concept plan is approved, Cobb DOT needs to purchase 29 of the 32 property parcels required to complete the Lower Roswell project.
There have been several opportunities over the last few years for members of the public to comment on the proposal, including virtual comments collected in April.
Of the 30 or so comments Cobb DOT received, Matthews said many are from local businesses that would be affected by the raised median.
That median would be constructed on Lower Roswell between Johnson Ferry Road and Davidson Road, with two openings for left turns into the McDonald’s and the Kroger store at the Parkaire Landing Shopping Center.
“We have a concept that we feel good about,” Matthews said about the median proposal.
She said Cobb DOT is proposing that solution because the crash history in that area is above average.
Other features of the traffic project include creating dual left-turn lanes from westbound Lower Roswell onto southbound Johnson Ferry Road, and creating a two-lane extension on Lower Roswell in either direction west of Woodlawn Drive, to Parkcrest Place.
That’s part of a major overhaul of a long-bottlenecked intersection that will have dedicated right-turn lanes onto Woodlawn from Lower Roswell.
Two of the three parcels the county has acquired are at that intersection: the site of a former produce fruit stand, and the home of Wilse Frasier (above), whose family lived in a farm home for decades until his death in 2018.
The county demolished the home in 2019, and Matthews said what portion of 0.9-acre parcel isn’t needed for the traffic improvements will be proposed as a “pocket park.”
That area would also include bike lanes that would connect with trails on Lower Roswell that are east of Johnson Ferry Road, Matthews said, citing a county master plan calling for bike access extending to Woodlawn.
She estimates that land purchases should take the rest of 2021 and possibly into next year to complete, with the project going out for bids by May 2022.
The estimated time of construction will be around two years, Matthews said.
The Cobb commission meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 2nd floor board room of the Cobb government building, 100 Cherokee St., in downtown Marietta.
Roadwork is expected to cause delays on Sandy Plains Road Weather permitting, the Cobb County Water System will continue making warranty repairs to the roadway on Sandy Plains Road between Piedmont and Ebenezer Thursday, May 20, and Friday, May 21. Work will involve temporary lane closures in the northbound direction beginning in the morning at approximately 9 a.m.
All lane closures will be removed before 4 p.m. each day.
Cobb County last completed a Comprehensive Transportation Plan in 2015 — and much has changed since then. Our population has increased and transportation needs and opinions have shifted within the county and region. New technologies and transportation solutions are also available that can enhance and transform Cobb’s future transportation system. To leverage these new tools and strategies, Cobb County and our cities are embarking on CobbForward, the county’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan for 2050. Your feedback and participation in CobbForward will help shape the future of transportation investments in Cobb for the next 30 years.
CobbForward is gathering public input on a series of surface transportation (pedestrian, bicycling and trail) and transit projects. Cobb Department of Transportation staff has many ways for you to be involved:
ATTEND TOWN HALL MEETING Each district commissioner is also hosting an in-person town hall with Cobb DOT to discuss the CTP:
District Three Commissioner JoAnn K. Birrell 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 12 Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway SE, Marietta
District Four Commissioner Monique Sheffield 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 19 Cobb Public Safety Police Training Academy, 2435 East West Connector, Austell
District One Commissioner Keli Gambrill 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 20 Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
District Two Commissioner Jerica Richardson 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27 East Cobb Park, 3322 Roswell Road, Marietta
STOP BY INFORMATION STATION POP-UP Materials and information will be made available prior to the Board of Commissioners meeting. There will be no formal presentation.5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 100 Cherokee St., Marietta
The Cobb County Department of Transportation is hosting an open house web page to inform the public, take input and answer questions concerning planned improvements on Lower Roswell Road through April 30. Please note there is no scheduled event or presentation related to this open house.
The page, located at https://www.cobbcounty.org/lower-roswell, includes detailed information about the construction to provide safety and operational improvements to Lower Roswell Road from Woodlawn Drive to Davidson Road through a combination of intersection improvements, a raised median, bicycle lanes and sidewalks. The project is paid for through the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
The purpose of this virtual open house is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the concept being advanced and to express their interest and questions. The information provided below is the same as would be provided at an in-person open house. This information will be available for review through April 30, 2021. Please note that there is no scheduled event or presentation related to this open house.Comments and questions regarding this project should be submitted in writing to [email protected]org or mailed to Cobb DOT, Attn: Lower Roswell Road Project No. E6020, 1890 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30008. For hand written comments, please download the optional comment card.
The deadline for comments is April 30, 2021.
Offline materials will be made available to the public for pick up at the East Cobb Library, 4880 Lower Roswell Rd suite 510-B, Marietta, GA 30068 through April 30, 2021. This packet will include a letter thanking the public for their interest and providing details on how to submit comments, the project fact sheet, a hard copy of the concept (11×17), and an open-comment card. The public can obtain the information packet during normal library hours. These materials are also available for download below. Please note that the East Cobb Library has limited operational hours due to the pandemic. Please call 770-509-2730 to verify library hours of operation.
Georgia gas prices increased at the pump compared to a week ago. Georgia motorists are now paying an average price of $2.57 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday’s state average is 6 cents more than a week ago, 33 cents more than last month, and 29 cents more than this time last year.
It now costs motorists $38.55 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that is $1.65 more than what motorists paid in January of 2020, when pump prices hit their peak of $2.46 per gallon.
“Because U.S. crude production was offline due to the Gulf Coast winter storm we can expect gas prices to be impacted,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Georgians should anticipate pump prices to rise this coming week.”
NATIONAL AVERAGE CLIMBS AS CRUDE PRICES INCREASE
Since last Monday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by 9 cents to $2.72. The national average continues to increase as crude prices march higher. Gas prices have also increased from longer-than-expected refinery outages due to last week’s winter storm that impacted the Gulf Coast. As refineries restart and resume normal operations, supply is expected to increase in impacted areas and should bring stability to pump prices.
At the close of last Thursday’s formal trading session, WTI increased by 31 cents to settle at $63.52 — the highest settlement price since May 2019. Crude prices have increased this week due to growing market optimism that as vaccines become more available, crude demand will recover. Prices continue to increase despite the Energy Information Administration’s new weekly report revealing that total domestic crude inventories increased by 1.3 million barrels last week, bringing the supply level to 463 million barrels. However, if market optimism continues to increase, crude prices will likely end the week higher.
Most expensive Georgia metro markets – Savannah ($2.62), Brunswick ($2.61), and Valdosta ($2.58).
Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.51), Rome ($2.52), and Athens ($2.53).
Some initial lane closures got underway this week for the upcoming Willeo Creek Bridge replacement project we noted a few weeks ago, when final funding was approved.
Cobb County Government and the City of Roswell announced this week more of the timetable for the joint project, which which close the bridge entirely for four months.
The 60-year bridge will be replaced with a wider bridge that will include room for cyclists and pedestrians, linking existing sidewalks and trails between Willeo Road and Lower Roswell Road.
The full project, which has been delayed a few years due to amendments with an intergovernmental agreement, will take a year to complete.
Another such amendment will come before the Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Another cost increase has pushed the final tab from $2.3 million to $3 million with Cobb and Roswell paying for an equal share.
According to Tuesday’s agenda item (details here and here) the additional funding is necessary for environmental mitigation purposes.
According to a video released by Cobb on Wednesday, the bridge closing is expected to begin sometime in the late spring or early summer, although a specific date has not been determined.
That means that East Cobbers using the bridge that connects the roundabout at Lower Roswell Road and Timber Ridge Road with Willeo Road for riverfront recreation and other activities in Roswell will have to use an alternate route while the bridge is closed.
The City of Roswell has drawn up a map of that detour above, and the Cobb video said further updates on when that alternate route will begin will be provided on the city website.
That includes taking Timber Ridge to Roswell Road (State Route 120) and heading east as it becomes the Marietta Highway in Roswell, then turning right on Willeo Road.
After several delays, the Cobb Board of Commissioners this week approved a $2.3 million contract to replace the Willeo Creek Bridge, which connects the city of Roswell with the roundabout at Lower Roswell and Timber Ridge roads in East Cobb.
The low bidder of six was Baldwin Paving Co., and the funding will come from the county’s 2016 SPLOST.
The joint project with the city of Roswell will replace the 60-year-old, 120-foot long bridge at Lower Roswell Road and Willeo Road in Roswell.
The construction also will include guardrail improvements and a pedestrian sidewalk along Lower Roswell.
The process to replace the bridge started in 2015 with intergovernmental agreements between Cobb and Roswell. There were language revisions in 2017 that called for both jurisdictions to share engineering, utility relocation and construction costs.
They are individually responsible for right-of-way acquisitions, with Cobb DOT overseeing all engineering and construction activities.
A change in state law and more language clarifications prompted another change in the IGA in 2018.
Cobb has spent $571,000 for engineering and design work, and in October the city of Roswell spent $70,000 and began expedited right-of-way purchases.
According to a Cobb DOT agenda item at Tuesday’s meeting, the project will take a year to complete.
Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, whose District 2 includes the bridge area, said he was very glad to be able to vote for the project before he leaves office at the end of December.
Cobb commissioners on Tuesday approved a $690,809 contract for traffic improvements at the intersection of Old Canton Road and Holly Springs Road.
Funding for the project is provided in the 2016 Cobb Special Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Glosson was the low bidder against six other companies, and the measure was approved by commissioners on their consent agenda.
A total of $1 million was budgeted for the project, which will include the construction of pedestrian refuge islands, a guardrail, signage and striping at a three-way intersection.
About $170,000 has been spent in initial costs, and another $27,000 will be spent to relocate water lines (to be paid with Cobb Water System funds).
Initially the project called for a roundabout, but that option was removed after feedback from the community and Cobb DOT staff after open house sessions.
What’s shown above is a concept map; to see a larger view click here.
The project is expected to take around six months once construction begins.