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Two Cobb DOT Projects Recognized During GPTQ Awards

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Collage photo of Cobb GPTQ project winners
November 18, 2019

Two Cobb County Department of Transportation (Cobb DOT) projects were recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) during the Georgia Partnership for Transportation Quality (GPTQ) Preconstruction Design Grand Awards. These awards recognize engineering consultants and firms for exemplary work, innovation and ingenuity in transportation and infrastructure projects across the state of Georgia.

In recognition for their work on Cobb DOT’s Cumberland Boulevard Improvements project, ARCADIS swept the competition and was awarded the overall Grand Prize Award.

This project was a collaborative effort between Cobb DOT, the Cumberland CID, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and ARCADIS. One of the most impressive elements of this project is the Cumberland Boulevard/Cumberland Parkway intersection improvement. This intersection was redesigned and widened to allow for the mainline to remove the split phase and reduce peak hour delay by more than 50%. The project also included pedestrian, safety, and operational improvements, such as:

  • Widening and redesigning the Cumberland Parkway/Cumberland Boulevard intersection to remove the split phase and reduce peak hour delay by more than 50%.
  • New roadway striping to better delineate the left turn lanes for Spring Road and the through lanes for the Spring Road and Cumberland Boulevard intersection
  • Signing and marking adjustment to the lanes west of I-285 to reduce driver confusion, improving operations and safety
  • New sidewalks along the northern side of Cumberland Boulevard from Akers Mill Road, across I-285, to Spring Hill Parkway
  • Streetscape features such as street trees, landscaping, street and pedestrian lighting, street furniture, pedestrian plazas, corner treatments and stamped asphalt crosswalks
  • Adding retaining walls to lessen impacts to the parking lots of Cumberland Mall and Cumberland Place Shopping Center
  • Drainage improvements

In addition, consultant Kimley-Horn received the “Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility” award for the Bob Callan Trail extension project (Phase II/Segment A).

A partnership of Cumberland CID, Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb DOT, and the Georgia Department of Transportation, this 1-mile extension of the Bob Callan Trail runs north along Rottenwood Creek and allows users to experience this beautiful urban stream that was previously hidden by surrounding commercial developments.

The project incorporates safety, sustainability, and accessibility into a thoughtful design that minimizes impacts to the natural environment while enhancing connectivity and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians.

The trail includes elevated boardwalk sections and at-grade paved trails. The at-grade sections are paved with a permeable material that allows water to flow through to the ground. Other trail features include a steel truss bridge and benches at trail access points.

For a complete list of honorees, visit the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia website.