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It's all about traffic in Cobb. If you live or commute near Windy Hill Road, keep in mind that all of these improvements are taking place.
The projects are necessary to enhance safety, improve traffic flow and decrease congestion on Windy Hill Road. The five projects - one from the 2005 SPLOST and four from the 2011 SPLOST - will transform a 1.95-mile stretch of Windy Hill Road. In total, the projects are projected at more than $48 million and are scheduled for completion in Spring 2017.
Windy Hill Traffic Updates:
Project 1: This existing 5-lane section of roadway has a center left turn lane with a high accident rate. Traffic crashes in this section have increased as motorists attempt to cut in and across the two way center left turn lane. This project will add a median and an additional west and east bound lane. Existing sidewalks will be replaced
Project 2: This 5-lane roadway has a center left turn lane. This project will add a median and reconfigure the existing 6 lanes into 3 lanes in each direction.
Project 3: This project adds a west bound lane only. This lane addition will decrease traffic congestion. The sidewalks on the west bound side will be replaced.
Project 4: Construction of a Diverging Diamond Interchange will decrease traffic congestion and accident rate at the ramp intersections by decreasing the conflict points. Congestion during construction is expected but no closures while project is underway. When completed, motorists will no longer be able to turn right onto Interstate North Parkway (west side).
Project 5: The intersection of SR3/US 41/Cobb Parkway and Windy Hill Road/CR 1720 has an unacceptable level of service in the peak hours. Improvements include the addition of dual-left turn lanes on the north and south legs of Cobb Parkway, lengthening the existing dual-lefts and adding a right turn lane on the west leg of Windy Hill Road, the addition of a third northbound lane on Cobb Parkway. Additionally, space for future queue jumper lanes will improve service times for transit vehicles at the signal. All new traffic signal equipment and pedestrian accommodations will also be included.
The following information is from the Cumberland CID update:
Construction begins this month on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes Project. Georgia DOT announces that the Interstate 285 westbound and eastbound shoulders will be closed at the collector distributor lanes to Interstate 75 northbound and southbound through April 2015. These shoulder closures will allow for the construction of the new bridges at the Interstate 75 and Interstate 285 interchanges.
NOTE: At Interstate 285 westbound and Cobb Parkway there will be a lane closure on Tuesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 15. This will result in a lane shift that will continue through the end of the year/early 2015. Traffic will be shifted toward the median for the construction of a new ramp that will provide access from the new lanes on Interstate 75 southbound to Interstate 285 westbound general purpose lanes. All lane closures will occur during off peak traffic hours.
At Interstate 285 eastbound and Cobb Parkway there will be a lane closure on Wednesday, October 15. This will result in a lane shift that will continue through March 2015. Traffic will be shifted toward the median to allow for widening of the existing Interstate 285 bridge and for wall construction on the outside of the existing general purpose lanes.
The scheduled completion date for the project is in 2018.