With a focus on progress, Cobb County, the Cumberland Community Improvement District and other partners kicked off $48 million in improvements for Windy Hill Road this week at a groundbreaking ceremony. U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson was the keynote speaker, as this event marks the start of the two-and-a-half year construction period on Windy Hill Road between Cobb Parkway and Powers Ferry Road. Once completed, the nearly two mile stretch of one of Cobb's most traveled corridors will be enhanced to handle six lanes of traffic. It will also include a diverging diamond interchange over Interstate 75, new medians and pedestrian enhancements.
These improvements are necessary to enhance safety, improve traffic flow and decrease congestion on Windy Hill Road. A 2010 state report showed crash rates in this corridor were three times greater than statewide crash rates. Injury rates were double statewide rates. Pedestrian enhancements will include streetscapes with new sidewalks, LED pedestrian lighting, landscaping and decorative mast arms.
The road widening and improvements are $28 million, with the bulk of the funding from the Cobb County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Cumberland CID and Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank grant dollars round out the funding. Interchange enhancements are another $20 million, with funding from the CID, Cobb County, federal funding and state GTIB grant money.
Keep Cobb Beautiful staff will offer another Medication Disposal Day for the public 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will be held at two locations: Precinct 1/Superstation 8, 2380 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw and Cobb and Douglas Public Health, 1650 County Services Parkway, Marietta.
The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in our drinking water comes from the improper disposal of unused medications flushed down the drain. This event is an excellent opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused over-the-counter and prescription medications. Staff and law enforcement personnel will be on hand to collect medications and properly dispose of them in compliance with federal law. Items accepted will include: liquid and pill form medications, sharps and needles, diabetes materials, catheters and tubing. No durable medical equipment will be accepted.
Medicines do not have to be removed from their containers or labels removed. Everything collected will immediately be sealed in boxes and destroyed. Nothing will be accepted at these locations or by a Cobb County staff person before of after the scheduled drop off day. For more information, call KCB at 770-528-1135. This event is in partnership with Cobb Department of Public Safety, Cobb Water System and Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
Children of all ages are invited to enjoy family-friendly festivities at the 15th annual Cobb County Fall Festival 4-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31. The event at Jim Miller Park will include arts and crafts, children's games, a haunted trail ride, music, costume and coloring contests, treats and giveaways.
Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta. All activities are free, but there is a fee for concessions. For more information, call 770-528-8875.
District Four Commissioner Lisa Cupid will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Ron Anderson Community Center, 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. This meeting offers residents a chance to learn more about government in their community and the opportunity to provide feedback to the county. For more information, call the commissioner's office at 770-528-3312.
District Two Commissioner Bob Ott will host a town hall meeting for the community 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. The meeting will provide the public the chance to be updated on county government actions and provide their feedback to officials. The meeting will last until 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 4385 Lower Roswell, Marietta. For further information, call 770-528-3316.