Studies

As part of our most recent master plan update, we identified several areas of study to determine short-term and long-term infrastructure needs. By examining connections, utilization and feasibility, we will make informed decisions while planning for the successful future of our district.

A primary objective of the CID is to respond to the dynamic and varied travel needs of the area. To that end, we are conducting studies that concentrate on implementing multi-modal transportation options using a Complete Streets design. The Town Center CID’s current studies examine possible improvements to central, core thoroughfares in the district: Barrett Lakes Boulevard Corridor Study, Big Shanty Road Corridor Study, Busbee Parkway Corridor Study, Chastain Road Corridor Study, Noonday Creek Trail Crossing at Cobb Parkway LCI Study and South Barrett Reliever Phase 4 Feasibility Study. Through these studies, we can safely and effectively accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles of all sizes for cohesive travel throughout the district.

How Studies Work

For each study we undertake, the Town Center CID partners with an experienced consulting firm that determines how the area of study could best serve the interests of the district. The firm does this by:

  • Analyzing existing conditions, growth trends, greenspace and traffic patterns
  • Assessing needs, with the aim of guiding future transportation and economic activities
  • Giving citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions. Using Public Open House Meetings, the community can help identify challenges and opportunities along and adjacent to the corridor, then assist in developing concepts that address these.
  • Providing recommendations, such as improvements to roadway infrastructure, intersections, sidewalks and trails, landscaping, lighting, medians, signage, and smart corridor technology
  • Developing alternatives to implement the appropriate multimodal roadways that will best support land uses and natural environments

By thoroughly analyzing and assessing the needs of the specific area being studied, the firm is able to provide a roadmap of recommendations for the CID to consider, prioritize and—if it makes sense—undertake.

A Closer Look

What does a Complete Streets Network look like?

  • Learn more on “Complete Streets” as defined by Smart Growth America.
  • Check out these Pinterest boards highlighting before and after shots of Complete Streets implementation.

Current Studies

Chastain Road Corridor Study

Consulting Firms: Gresham Smith
Expected Completion Date: October 2020

This study is funded by a Livable Centers Initiative grant awarded by the Atlanta Regional Commission. Its purpose is to implement streetscape design and smart technology along Chastain Road to make the corridor more efficient. The smart corridor model uses real-time information to monitor traffic movements, improving travel times and reducing vehicle crashes. This study will also formulate concepts for a signage program and public art to help attract pedestrian and bicycle usage. Implementing these smart corridor strategies would make Chastain Road the first smart corridor in Cobb County.

South Barrett Reliever Phase 4 Feasibility

Consulting Firms: Arcadis
Expected Completion Date: June 2020

This study will determine the feasibility of a further extension of the South Barrett Reliever. The proposed phase 4 will stretch the Reliever over I-575 and form a connection that bypasses traffic from the I-75 and I-575 interchanges. Arcadis will analyze the area’s current conditions as well as the impact on the community and the potential benefit to the region.

Bells Ferry Road Operational Study

Consulting Firms: TBD
Expected Completion Date: TBD

This study will assess the operation and function of Bells Ferry Road from Chastain Road to Barrett Parkway. The Town Center CID has received a Livable Center Initiative (LCI) grant from Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to conduct this study. Read the full press release here.

2019 Studies

Barrett Lakes Boulevard Corridor Study

Consulting Firms: Croy Engineering and Pond and Company
Expected Completion Date: Summer 2019

The purpose of this study is to gather data, identify pain points, address concerns and make recommendations to remediate them. Croy and Pond will hold intermittent public information meetings and glean feedback from community stakeholders.

Learn more and submit comments at www.barrettlakesblvd.com

Big Shanty Corridor Study

Consulting Firms: Croy Engineering and Pond and Company
Expected Completion Date: Summer 2019

The purpose of this study is to gather data, identify pain points, address concerns and make recommendations to remediate them. Croy and Pond will hold intermittent public information meetings and glean feedback from the community.

Learn more and leave feedback at www.bigshantyroad.com

Noonday Creek Trail Crossing at Cobb Parkway LCI Study

Consulting Firm: Kimley-Horn and Associates
Expected Completion Date: Summer 2019

The purpose of this study is to find a safer solution for pedestrians and cyclists using the Noonday Creek Trail to cross Cobb Parkway. This study is a partnership between the Town Center CID and the City of Kennesaw, and it is a part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program to create vibrant, walkable communities. All options are being considered at this point.