Cobb DOT to Receive Award for IT Innovation

July 30, 2013

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The Cobb County Department of Transportation has been recognized by the Georgia Technology Authority through its annual Technology Innovation Showcase. The annual Showcase, which recognizes IT achievement in the public sector, will focus on transparency, customer service and efficiency in 2013.

The Cobb DOT was selected for its utilization of technology to increase transparency related to delivery of projects funded by the 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Cobb’s SPLOST 2011 information portal offers a cost-effective means of providing residents with easy online access to the latest information on SPLOST-funded projects.  The system links the Cobb DOT project database  with a cross-platform interactive mapping system, offering users an intuitive platform for finding the location, implementation status, scope, cost and project manager contact information for all Cobb SPLOST 2011 projects. County staff were able to leverage existing in-house resources and talent to keep system implementation costs low.

“Transparency and customer service are  the foundation of our business model in Cobb County and at the Department of Transportation,” said Cobb DOT Director Faye DiMassimo.  “The ability for citizens to have readily accessible and understandable information related to SPLOST project delivery  is essential to continued public trust and support. The Cobb County team, including DOT, Information services and GIS, appreciates the recognition of our accomplishment of that aim.”

The GTA will recognize Cobb and other award winners  during  ceremony at the Georgia Digital Government Summit in October. For more information on Cobb’s SPLOST documentation efforts, visit the Cobb SPLOST 2011 webpage.


Self Service Repair Stations Encourage Cycling

July 25, 2013

Cyclists: Have you ever experienced a ‘bike emergency’ in the middle of your ride only to discover that you have no toolkit?  Finding a bike repair self service station could mean the difference between a happy ride or a long walk to the nearest bike shop. Self service stations are starting to appear in activity centers in the region, offering everything one needs to make repairs and get back on two wheels.

Below is a self service station recently installed at Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta. A protected slot holds  a full set of secured tools, which include screwdrivers, wrenches and hex drivers.  The hanger arm allows  bike wheels and pedals to spin fully, making repair work easier.

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Firmly attached to the side of the station is an air pump, complete with PSI gauge to avoid tire over-inflation.

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Lastly, by scanning a QR code sticker on the station, cyclists may access step by step instructions for a thorough list bicycle repair procedures. Very helpful!

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Smart placement of low-cost amenities like these encourage people to give cycling a try and also support existing cyclists.


Public Comment Period Opens for 2012-2017 TIP Amendment #3

July 23, 2013

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The public review and comment period for Amendment #3 to FY 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)  is now open through August 2, 2013.  The purposes of the amendment are to:  1) commit new federal funds to an existing project to construct the Skip Spann Connector in Cobb County; 2) increase federal funds for projects on SR 20 in Forsyth County and US 23 in Gwinnett County to reflect the most recent cost estimates; 3) program two federally funded bridge replacement projects on Elliott Road and Blackhall Road in Henry County; and 4) program a new federally funded stormwater management project on Ponce de Leon Avenue in DeKalb County.

Please visit the TIP Amendment #3 website for more information. Feedback and comments will be accepted via email at transportation [at] atlantaregional.com.


Streetcar, Downtown Connector Beautification Efforts on Agenda at Next CAP Town Hall

July 22, 2013

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Stay connected with Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District at their semi-annual town hall meetings. Held at various Downtown venues and hotels, these informal, public meetings are designed to enlighten the community on Downtown’s progress. The next town hall will be held on Thursday July 25th at Balzer Theater at Harren’s. The meeting will start with coffee and networking at 7:30 a.m., program at 8:00 a.m. and end by 9:00 a.m. Meeting highlights will include an Atlanta Streetcar construction update and the latest on efforts to improve the appearance of the Downtown Connector.

To reserve your space at  Thursday’s town hall, click here.


Under Construction: I-85/GA 400 Connection

July 16, 2013
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Flyover ramps at I-85 and GA-400 are taking shape (Photo: ARC)

The Georgia Department of Transportation is nearly at the halfway point of finishing a flyover ramp which will allow traffic to move smoothly from I-85 south to GA-400 north.  The project will relieve congestion on the surface streets that currently carry this movement and provide a new multiuse path connection between Lenox and Cheshire Bridge roads.


Public Information Meetings Scheduled for Coweta Comprehensive Transportation Plan

July 15, 2013

ARC’s CTP program, now in it’s 6th year, provides funding for counties and their municipalities to develop joint long-range transportation plans. These plans help articulate local priorities for transportation investments and serve as the basis for building the region’s long-range Regional Transportation Plan.

Coweta County and its constituent cities are now in the process of updating their existing CTP, which was adopted in 2006. Five public meetings have been scheduled for each Coweta County Commission district to provide an overview of the analysis that has been completed to date and solicit feedback from the public on Coweta’s transportation needs. Listed below, each meeting will be hosted by the County Commissioners and will take place from 6pm to 8pm.

Thursday, July 25

Commission District 1 Meeting

East Coweta Senior Center

300 Howard Road

Senoia, GA 30276

Commission District 4 Meeting

Central Library

85 Literacy Lane

Newnan, GA 30265

Tuesday, July 30

Commission District 3 Meeting

Madras Middle School

40 Edgeworth Road

Newnan, GA 30263

Commission District 5 Meeting

The Newnan Centre

1515 Lower Fayetteville Road

Newnan, GA 30265

Thursday, August 1

Commission District 2 Meeting

Grantville Library

100 Park Drive

Grantville, GA 30220