Editor's Note: Due to unforeseen technical issues, complete coverage from Tuesday night's public meeting concerning the Atlanta Road median and streetscape cannot be provided at this time.
The concept plan was presented and City Councilman Wade Lnenicka, City Engineer Keith Williams and Georgia State Senator Doug Stoner were all on hand to answer questions. An estimated 75 residents turned out at Brawner Hall for the meeting and several had questions ranging from why the median was being built period to what could be done to alter its current concept.
Williams assured all that the concept presented was by no means the final one and all residents were encouraged to submit their suggestions and concerns.
The $2.7 million project is part of the 1 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that was approved by Cobb County voters in 2005. It will include installing raised medians and designing and implementing intersection improvements.
According to studies conducted by the Georgia Department of Transportation, in urban and suburban areas, medians provide greater vehicle and pedestrian safety and reduce left turn movements and turning conflicts by up to 55 percent.
It is set to begin construction in June. Smyrna-Vinings Patch will provide additional coverage of the meeting on Thursday. In the meantime, here in pictures is the first proposed concept plan as it was presented Tuesday night.