07.24.19

Isakson, Perdue, Loudermilk Applaud Federal Investment In Cobb County Corridor Project

MARIETTA, GA – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA), and U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA-11), applauded the announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that Cobb County will receive a federal grant to assist with a new access ramp to the I-75 northwest corridor project at Akers Mill Road in Cobb County.

Cobb County will be awarded a $5 million grant for the construction of a 24-foot-wide reversible ramp providing direct access to the I-75 managed lanes system. The project will provide additional direct access to and from the 29.7-mile Georgia Department of Transportation managed lanes system, allowing motorists effective means to bypass local roads that are experiencing ever growing levels of traffic congestion. The ramp will also provide a safe and efficient route to the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), a major center for commerce and economic development in Atlanta’s northwest corridor. The ramp will include safety gates on both ends to ensure safety for reversible directions of travel.

State, regional, and CID entities will provide the majority of the funding for the completion of the Akers Mill Ramp Phase II project. The federal grant completes the final funding needed for the project. This construction is made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America’s Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) grant program.

“The interchange of I-75 and Akers Mill Road is a major hub, and this new entrance and exit ramp at Akers Mill Road will provide meaningful relief for the more than 100,000 daily commuters traveling to and from the Cumberland area,” said Senator Isakson. “In the interest of safety and efficiency, I was proud to support this partnership between federal and state transportation agencies and Cumberland CID. As southeast Cobb, Smyrna, and northwest Atlanta experience continued growth, this investment will help motorists avoid additional traffic congestion and build a foundation for continued economic development around the I-75 and I-285 interchange.”

“Cobb County is experiencing tremendous growth and has become an economic engine for Georgia,” said Senator Perdue. “The Akers Mill Ramp is a perfect example of what President Trump is trying to do with infrastructure. It will support continued economic growth in the county and state, while creating safer roadways and reducing commute times for thousands of drivers. This is a huge win for Cobb County, and I want to thank President Trump and Secretary Chao for continuing to make Georgia’s infrastructure needs a priority.”

“During the last two years, my office has worked tirelessly with the Cumberland CID to secure federal funding for the Akers Mill Ramp project,” said Congressman Loudermilk. “This funding announcement is a testament to the persistent efforts of both of our offices to make this local road project a national priority. Much of the credit for securing this federal funding goes to Kim Menefee, Cumberland CID’s Executive Director, and her staff, for their tireless efforts. I also want to thank Secretary Elaine Chao (USDOT) and her staff for working with my office to ensure this project became a national priority.”

“The Akers Mill Ramp will allow for more direct, safe access to the I-75 express lanes for more than 100,000 daily commuters traveling to and from the Cumberland district,” said Kim Menefee, Executive Director of Cumberland Community Improvement District. “We are thrilled that Cobb County received the INFRA grant which closes the $5 million funding gap needed to deliver this vital regional project.  We want to thank our local, state and federal leaders who were all instrumental in this effort. This is a great example of another successful public/private partnership enhancing transportation and mobility options in metro Atlanta.”

“The fact that so many groups are working together demonstrates how essential this ramp is for the continued economic prosperity of the county,” said Mike Boyce, Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. “The federal grant is appreciated, and I would like to thank all of those in our congressional delegation for helping make this happen.”

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