Monday, May 13, 2013
Check out the latest updates on road constructions, delays and detours around Smyrna-Vinings and Cobb County from May 13 to 17.
Here are the latest updates on road work being done around Smyrna-Vinings and Cobb County, according to the Cobb Department of Transportation. Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from Laurel Springs Way to South Cobb Drive. One lane will remain open at all times. The contractor will be installing construction signs, erosion control and begin clearing, excavation and grading. Utility relocation should not affect your service. South Cobb Drive to Atlanta Road: Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with one lane remaining open in each direction at all times. Evelyn Street: The intersection with Concord Road will be permanently closed as work starts. Clay Road …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Before you start the week, check out the latest updates on road constructions, delays and detours around Smyrna-Vinings and Cobb County.
Here are the latest updates on road work being done around Smyrna-Vinings and Cobb County, according to the City of Smyrna and Cobb Department of Transportation. South Cobb Drive to Atlanta Road: Expect intermittent lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with one lane remaining open in each direction at all times. Evelyn Street: The intersection with Concord Road will be permanently closed when the contractor begins work this Monday, May 6. Expect periodic lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. One lane will remain open for your commute. Later this month, Cobb DOT will start replacing the bridge over Sope Creek on Paper Mill Road. The new bridge will include a six-foot sidewalk on the south side, …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Ask questions and learn more about the median and streetscape project.
Smyrna residents with questions about the Concord Road Median and Streetscape Project can get answers at Wednesday’s informational meeting. The meeting is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road. Council Representatives from Wards 3, 4 and 6 will be on hand to answer questions in addition to project engineers and public safety officials. At a recent Smyrna City Council meeting some residents of Forest Hills neighborhood expressed concern that the medians planned for Concord Road would close off their neighborhood and impact response times for police and firefighters. Smyrna Fire Chief Jason Lanyon told Smyrna-Vinings Patch that the medians “were not a public safety issue” for the neighborhoods along Concord Road because …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Drivers should avoid the area until the accident is cleared.
Concord Road is closed at the covered bridge on the border of Smyrna and Mableton while Cobb police work to clear an accident. The department’s Public Information Officer Dana Pierce said the accident wasn’t serious, but that drivers could expect delays. “It doesn’t sound like the worst like it usually is where they knock most of the covered bridge down, but it probably is reduced them going through there,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious, I think just think it’s a typical property damage crash.” Drivers should plan an alternate route until the accident is cleared. Patch will post an update when the roadway is open again.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Smyrna City Council Representatives, public safety officials and engineers will be available to answer questions.
Several Smyrna City Council Representatives have organized an informational meeting to discuss the Concord Road Median and Streetscape Project. The meeting comes after about a dozen Forest Hills residents told Council at a recent meeting that they think the medians will cut off their neighborhood and impact public safety response times. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Brawner Hall. Ward 6 Council Representative Wade Lnenicka explained the necessity of the meeting in an email to some of his constituents. “Several of you also spoke during citizen input at the end of last week's City Council meeting,” he said. “Thank you for attending and speaking about your questions and concerns. I heard you loud and clear, and I …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Many speakers voiced concern about the Concord Road median and streetscaping project, but Council decided one speaker was out of order.
A vocal citizenry took the podium at Tuesday’s Smyrna City Council meeting. Many were speakers from the Forest Hills neighborhood who had concerns about the Concord Road median and streetscaping project, but one of citizen input’s regular contributors stole the show. Smyrna Heights resident Mary Kirkendoll took the podium during citizen input to applaud the Forest Hills residents for speaking out against the project, and asked why her neighbors weren’t speaking out as well. After citizen input was complete, Ward 4 Council Representative Charles “Corkey” Welch was speaking to some of the concerns raised about the project when Kirkendoll again approached the podium. “May I ask a question—make one statement please, Mr. Welch,” she said. Ward…
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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 …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
In a letter to the editor Mary Kirkendoll said Concord Road has damaged her neighborhood.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This is a complete and utter abuse and waste of over 20 million of taxpayers dollars! What standard is the city using to guage 'improvements'? The medians along Spring Road from Atlanta to Campbell Road haven't improved any of the existing neighborhoods, nor resulted in attracting any new, quality businesses. We-buy-Gold shops, pawn shops, smoke shops and mega gas stations don't qualify as 'improvements', in my book. The only 'improvement' I can figure, is the bank accounts of the contractors and engineers working on the long, drawn out project. Or the improved commute of people that live far outside of the city limits of Smyrna and Smyrna neighborhoods. I would prefer the improvements improve OUR lives, instead of theirs! Visiting …
Friday, July 6, 2012
The Smyrna Downtown Development Authority purchased the lot and its partially completed steel structure in March.
Smyrna city officials have put the vacant property at the corner of Dunton Street and Concord Road back on the market. The property is listed for $350,000. In March Smyrna City Council authorized the Downtown Development Authority to purchase the 1.5-acre lot and demolish the partially completed steel structure there for $275,000 with money from the general fund contingency budget. Ward 4 Council Representative Charles Welch said Council discussed putting it on the market at a Committee of the Whole meeting. “We’ve had this thing since February or March—really we didn’t close on it till about April, but it’s time to do something,” he said. “So we batted it around the Council for a few minutes and said, ‘Hey let’s put a sign out there for a…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
In the past month there have been two traffic accidents with injuries on Concord Road between Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive.
Smyrna’s Ward 4 Councilman said he considers Concord Road a dangerous corridor, but thinks SPLOST improvements to the road are a big step toward safety. In the past month there have been two accidents on Concord Road, one involving a mother and her two children who were struck by a vehicle while crossing the road outside a crosswalk and another involving a driver who struck a power pole. “I do consider Concord Road to be a dangerous corridor,” said Charles “Corkey” Welch, Ward 4 Councilman. “I’ve traveled it twice a day for 30 years and with the way that it’s constructed without a turn lane it’s very dangerous throughout the roadway.” However, Welch said he thinks SPLOST improvements the City has planned for Concord Road will make it safer…