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Smyrna City Council Awards Contract for Concord Road Improvements

Utility relocation for the project should begin in September.

Monday Smyrna City Council voted unanimously to award a $6.8 million contract to the lowest bidder, C.W. Matthews Contracting, for improvements to Concord Road.

Concord Road actually has a pair of projects set to be completed with monies used from the 1-cent 2005 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and the 2011 SPLOST. From the older SPLOST, $3,335,000 has been dedicated to the Concord Road Trail/Streetscape project, which will provide a multi-use trail on the north side of the road between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive; and $5,280,000 for the widening of Concord Road to include turning lanes and median between Spring Road and South Cobb.

The City of Smyrna’s website and one provided by the county outline this info and amounts used to cover the full design and most of the Right of Way acquisition. Funding from the 2005 SPLOST does not cover construction of the project as that funding, $11,755,00, is to come from 2011 SPLOST money.

, Smyrna’s City Engineer Keith Williams said the utility relocation for the project should begin in September.

Ward 4 Council Representative Charles “Corkey” Welch asked his constituents to be patient during the construction.

“I’m just going to appeal to the citizens out there to be patient with the project,” he said “It is going to be a long, drawn out process. I guess it’s going to be 100 percent complete some three years from now.”

Council Representatives also voted 6-1 to begin the process of acquiring some remaining pieces of property needed for the widening of the roadway through eminent domain. Ward 7 Council Representative Ron Fennel cast the dissenting vote. 

City Administrator Eric Taylor said the city only needs to acquire small sections of property on the south side of Concord Road before it began widening the roadway.

“The city’s been working for the past several years to acquire property on Concord Road for the purposes of expanding that particular roadway (...) We’ve managed to come to terms with all but seven properties,” he said.

Mary Kirkendoll, a regular speaker during citizen input, criticized Council’s decision to begin acquiring the properties through eminent domain.

“I’m ashamed to live in a city that just takes people’s businesses and property instead of trying to improve the area and help the businesses grow and help conditions for these areas,” she said.

Smyrna City Council also took action on the following items:

  • Approval of a resolution consenting to the submittal of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan 5-Year Update to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs (7-0).
  • Approval of the addition of a filming ordinance to the city’s code of ordinances (7-0).
  • Approval of Ward 4 appointment to the Tree Board (7-0).
  • Approval of Ward 6 appointment to the Smyrna Hospital Authority (7-0).
  • Approval of August 6 Mayor and Council Minutes (7-0).
  • Award of Belmont Hills Connector bid to lowest bidder Baldwin Paving for $1,468,259.04 (7-0).
  • Approval for Campbell High School to conduct CHS Spartan Spirit 5K and Kids Fun Run on Nov. 17 (7-0).
  • Ratification of partial road closure for east end of Anderson Circle Aug. 11 for Williams Park social event (7-0).
  • Approval to use Council Chambers Aug. 30 for Williams Park Neighbors and Smyrna Historical Society Meeting (7-0).
  • Approval of 2012 Performance Partnership Agreement with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (7-0).

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Lissa K. August 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
"... I guess it’s going to be 100 percent complete some three years from now.” Corkey Welch It should've been completed more than three years ago.
Michelle August 21, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Great news!!! I am looking forward to the improvements to that stretch of road...regardless of how long it takes. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
R. Anderson August 22, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Too early for thank yous. Four more years (or more) before this project (that was voted in in 2005) might be completed. We don't know anything. When it will be started, completed, or what it'll look like. All there are are questions and no answers from the city.
Brian August 22, 2012 at 05:13 AM
R. Anderson: Don't use the word "we". Other people do research. http://www.smyrnasplost.com/
MS August 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I posted the above link in another comment. It neither shows nor tells you anything about the project. All we have is the city's word and that's already been proven false. An example of how to present a project http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/Public+Website/projects/Capital+Projects/SRStreetscape/Segment+1.pdf
MS August 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
This is your city at work. http://www.smyrnasplost.com/Concord_Rd_Improvement.php
Michelle August 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Umm....technically it has started.....the day the project was approved, to follow with the purchase and demolition of the houses along the road way, and more recently, the surveying company who has been out there surveying the land and flagging areas as well as Georgia Power walking the entire stretch of roadway collecting the information they needed. So again...Thank you, Thank you and Thank you. Looking forward to the improvements. :)
Freya Stark August 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The above link takes you to an aerial picture of Concord Rd. with colored lines drawn it. Hardly a presentation to the citizens of Smyrna of what the project will be. What no one seems to understand is there is no design plan. The city doesn't comprehend the concepts of streetscapes, bike lanes, or aesthetic design.
lowbar August 22, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Freya, I attended two public meetings with City officials that outlined their plan and answered any questions that citizens had. Sorry you missed it.
R. Anderson August 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM
In 2007 I attended a meeting concerning Concord Road. The engineers heading up the project had drawings and artist renderings. They said the ROW was almost complete and construction would be complete in two years. It's five years later and now the project is costing an additional $11 million. No meetings, no timeline and the original drawings have mysteriously disappeared from the city's website.
Chris Long August 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Freya, et. al., considering your vast collective knowledge & voluminous posting you've done on this topic, I'm surprised that your civil design/engineering & city planning firm didn't submit your own bids for the project. I'm sure your combined expertise & hometown location would have made your firm a shoe-in for the business. Oh...wait...
lowbar August 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM
R. Anderson, after 2007 there's been a heck of an economic downturn. Things got delayed.
R. Anderson August 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
In an economic downturn when many people are hurting and jobs are scarce you don't add $11 million more to a wasteful road project. The original amount of $8.2 million could have gone a long way to make many of Smyrna's roads safer and more attractive (e.g., crosswalks, street trees, synchronized lights, new signage, bike lanes, etc). Other cities have completed projects in this economic downturn which is nationwide. Spring Road, Concord Road, South Cobb Drive, and Windy Hill Road have all been ignored and set Smyrna back by 20 years or more.
lowbar August 23, 2012 at 03:02 PM
This project is receiving funding from two different T-SPLOST projects that were approved by the voters. Granted they had special elections to avoid a high voter turn out which is wrong. I like the project. I voted against it because I agree it is the wrong time to be adding taxes to our citizens. Now the it is funded I look forward to the improvements. Once SPLOST funds are approved that cannot be used for anything else.
Jonquil Gardener August 23, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Blahh blahhh blahhh bladddy balhh blah....wine wine wine. I cant wait to see this project start. If the speed at which Atlanta road medians went in is any indicator to how this project will go, I bet it will be fast.
Inside-Out August 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM
" streetscapes, bike lanes, or aesthetic design ". Now where have I heard this before ? Sounds like a great platform for Mayor.
Neal Dow August 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I O - " streetscapes, bike lanes, or aesthetic design " sound like good ideas for Smyrna. It's needs them.
Neal Dow August 24, 2012 at 12:15 AM
It's whine. W-H-I-N-E. whine, whine, whine An adult saying "Blahh blahhh blahhh bladddy balhh blah". You make a great representative for the city of Smyrna. You can't wait to see the project start? It was supposed to finished by now.
Amy H August 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
weird, for a city that doesn't comprehend the concepts of streetscapes, bike lanes or aesthetic design, they sure have done a great job widening sidewalks for multi-use (making them *much* more usable for cyclist, walkers, runners and double-wide-stroller pushers), and making them aesthetically pleasing with streetscapes of brick paths and water-wise native plantings. my husband and i love being able to ride our bikes from our neighborhood to food truck tuesdays at taylor-brawner. oh, and don't worry, i'm trying to get that light bulb that burned out in my living room changed before you can come by and tell me how that's nothing, how you lived through the great power outage of aught-sixty-something.
Amy H August 24, 2012 at 06:53 PM
maybe you should go outside into the sunshine, get some fresh air, and check them out. make sure to put on plenty of sunscreen, shut-ins tend to burn easily when they first venture out, even if the sky is overcast that day.
Michelle August 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I think the misspelling may be intentional....possibly a need to resort to partaking in a glass of "wine, wine, wine" caused by having to constantly read the negativity stated about EVERYTHING regarding Smyrna. If you would like to join me in a glass, come on by.....I have a great front porch to sit back on and share a bottle. :)
Jonquil Gardener August 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
ND~ blahhhh blahhh blahhh, bladddy blaahhh and Bunk and double Bunk! Lots of projects should have been done by now. SO WHAT!!!, ND ~ what crazy world do you live in? The entire WORLD is in a recession! Hundred of thousands of projects are stalled in nearly every major developed country in the world. Why do you keep complaining about something you cant fix. If you are not part of the solution, and you are most definitely are not, then for crying out loud stop WHINING ABOUT IT!!!! (there WHINE are you happy?)
Oscar G. August 25, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I have to say I agree about the lack of aesthetic design. At least on Spring Road. That so called "linear park" isn't a thing of beauty to behold. Functional? Sure. Aesthetically pleasing? Nope. And neither is Brawner Park. That sod is so ugly. Everything just looks..fake. Like astroturf fake. Big space. Decent idea for it. Bad execution. I don't have a great deal of faith in anything spectacular happening on Concord Rd. So it gets wider, or has bigger sidewalks, and property is seized by the city. Whooopity Do! Concrete dividers haven't made Atlanta Road into Main St. USA, and caused everyone to come flocking to it. I don't know what all this hype it. In the end, I have no doubt it will be exactly what we as a city paid for. And not one brick more.
Chris Long August 25, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Oscar, clearly you have not been outside of the metro area. Spring Road's medians & linear park are not the greatest improvements I've ever seen, but save for very affluent communities (or places whose road spending dwarfs ours) it ranks up there w/some of the better major city streets I've seen in cities throughout AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA & WI. Most are just pavement & curbs (curbs optional). Could things here have been done differently? Sure. Are there cities that have done more extensive things? Sure. But nothing this city does will ever be good enough for some people, w/all the sniping & indecision by some people in this town, we're lucky to have what we're getting. The upgrades to Atlanta Road & planned upgrades to Concord Road will be a nice upgrade over what is currently there, & it will make a difference. Or we could just tear up what's currently there & put things back to what they used to be & see how functional & aesthetically pleasing that is.
Pepper October 12, 2012 at 05:29 AM
With all the Nay-Sayers opposing every little thing, it will take longer. THANKS!

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