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Windy Hill Road Connector Opens to Fanfare

Cobb Commissioners and public gathered today to cut ribbon on two-mile roadway.

A roadway 20 years in the making finally opened at 11 a.m. today amidst fanfare from a host of groups.

Ribbon-cutting for the $51 million Windy Hill Road extension was held next to on Callaway Road in Marietta with nearby residents and Cobb County employees in attendance. C.W. Matthews Contracting of Marietta was awarded the $27 million construction contract back in October 2008 -- it is the largest project ever let by the

Faye DiMassimo, director of the Cobb DOT, said the concept for a road connecting Windy Hill to Macland Road originated 20 years ago. This should facilitate east-west connections from Paulding County to Interstate 75, she said. Originally a two-lane project, it was changed to a four-lane roadway after evaluating five alternates and holding nine public hearings.

Just over two miles in length, the section is a median divided, limited- access road which has three bridges within it. Construction included building nine retaining walls and moving more than 300,000 cubic yards of dirt.

Cobb Commissioner Woody Thompson, whose District 4 includes the area with the new connector, said he is personally looking forward to a "smooth ride all the way in" and said he's glad it was paid for in cash and incurred no debt, thanks to the 2005 SPLOST.

DiMassimo said traffic studies predict that the number of cars using the connector roadway will reach 27,000 vehicles per day by 2032. Dubbed the Windy-Mac Connector, the four-lane divided highway runs 2.1 miles from Macland Road at Powder Springs Road to Windy Hill Road at Austell Road. The speed limit will be 45 miles per hour. It passes under Callaway Road, with no access at that location.

The project was funded through Cobb's 2005 SPLOST tax (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) and the $51 million budget includes engineering, construction, utilities and right-of-way acquisition.  Some of the residents who were relocated in order to build the road were also in attendance at today's festivities.

Michael Jacobs August 10, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I took my first ride on it this afternoon, heading east, and made it from Powder Springs Road to Cobb Parkway in about 10 minutes. I'm sold on it!
Inside-Out August 10, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Michael, Try it during rush hour and let me know if you still feel the same way.
Michael Jacobs August 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Good point, Mike. I might try that as an experiment in a few weeks once everyone gets used to the road being open.
Gustavo A. Zapata August 11, 2011 at 05:10 AM
It took me longer from I-75 to Macland Rd because of all the traffic lights than getting off at Delk and go to Powder Springs Rd to Macland. I think Windy Hill Rd has to be fixed for this connector to work right.
Kim Koch August 12, 2011 at 01:12 PM
We rode it around 10:30 last night on the bikes to the west, then made a right on Barrett back over to Dallas Hwy. Both roads are heavily patrolled, so no matter how bad you want to drive it fast, you may want to rethink your behavior. While I am at it, look twice and save a life, bikes are everywhere.
Santana Mbt January 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
IM PROUD 2 SAY THAT MY CREW WAS THE ONE TO BUILD ALL 9 WALLz. GRADED SUM PARTz HERE AND DERE. PUT IN SO MUCH WORK. SPENT MOST OF MA SATURDAYz WORKIN DERE. WINDY HILLz GONE LEAVE ME WITH SO MANY GUD MEMORIEz IM GOIN TO MISS WORKIN THERE.

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