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U.S. Highway 41 Corridor Improvements
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Cumberland Community Improvement District
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Highway and Bridge, Pedestrian / Bicycle / Light Rail Transit
In 2015, the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation, Federal partners, and Cobb County on a widening project and other enhancements for U.S. Highway 41 between Paces Mill and Akers Mill roads. Running from Miami to Michigan, U.S. Highway 41 is the main artery for Cobb County’s central business district.
The U.S. Highway 41 bridge was built in 1935 when the highway was constructed. It is part of the first four-lane divided highway in Georgia. The bridge currently carries about 36,000 vehicles across per day and this number is expected to reach 50,000 by 2032.
The project included bridge and road widening, plus the addition of turn lanes and medians. The one-mile widening project increased the highway’s capacity from four to six lanes from the new bridge at the Paces Mill Road intersection to the Akers Mill Road intersection at Cumberland Mall. The project featured a four-foot raised median, a 12-foot-wide multi-use trail on the east side, and a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the west, aimed at bridging the regional trail connections between communities west of Cobb County as well as the City of Atlanta. The enhanced pedestrian and bicycle facilities included improved access to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Palisades Trailhead at Paces Mill. The project also provided landscape enhancements to the corridor.
The construction resulted in safer traffic flow, greater capacity, and improved connectivity between Cobb and Fulton counties. The project was the first following the Atlanta Braves’ announcement of their move to Cobb County. It now serves as a gateway route to the new stadium and mixed-use development.
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Construction for the bridge portion was completed in early 2015 and the road widening project finishing in mid-2017. All construction and enhancements were completed in late 2017.
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The total cost for the project was $60 million with $50 million coming from Federal and Georgia Department of Transportation grants. The Cumberland Community Improvement District contributed $8 million and the Atlanta Regional Commission devoted $1.5 million. Lastly, Cobb County gave $212,000 toward the projects.
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