As plans move forward on the proposed Braves ballpark in Cobb County, questions linger about how game-goers will affect the area’s already bottlenecked roads.
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Average daily traffic on future Braves stadium access routes
- Cobb Parkway (near Windy Hill Road) — 32,040
- Cobb Parkway (near Cumberland Boulevard) — 20,840
- Cumberland Parkway — 17,580
- I-285 (east of I-75 interchange) — 205,880
- I-285 (west of I-75 interchange) — 170,050
- I-75 (north of Delk Road) — 254,800
- I-75 (at Cobb/Fulton county line) — 176,160
- Powers Ferry Road (north of Delk Road) — 14,380
- Spring Hill Parkway — n/a
- Spring Road — 32,970
- Terrell Mill Road (south of Paper Mill Road) — 31,210
- Windy Hill Road (east of Cobb Parkway) 28,760
- Windy Hill Road (west of Cobb Parkway) 37,150
- Windy Ridge Parkway: n/a
* Source: Georgia’s State Traffic and Report Statistics (2012 Published Data)
Travel times to current and future Braves stadium sites
Starting point/ Travel time to Turner Field/ Travel time to new stadium
- Gwinnett County (Beaver Ruin Road)/ 40 min/ 32 min
- N. Fulton County (Holcomb Bridge Road)/ 1 hour 6 min/ 39 min
- Cobb County (I-75/575 interchange)/ 32 min/ 10 min
- Midtown Atlanta/ 12 min/ 11 min
- Rockdale County (Conyers)/ 24 min/ 44 min
- Stockbridge/ Ga. 138/ 18 min/ 39 min
Note: Times are freeway travel times only. Not included is the time it takes to get from your door to the freeway entrance and the time it takes to get from the freeway exit to your parking space at the stadium. Those times are presumed to be roughly equal for the old stadium and new stadium.
* Times shown above are weeknight averages between 5:30 and 6 p.m. in 2012.
Source: Georgia Department of Transportation, Traffic Operations
Road projects under development in Cumberland Mall area
Cobb County’s current transportation plan and SPLOST included several projects addressing current and future transportation needs in the vicinity of the proposed stadium site. They include:
- Windy Hill Road: Diverging diamond interchange and corridor improvements extending from U.S. 41 to Powers Ferry Road. This would open to traffic in the spring of 2017. Funded through the county’s penny sales tax or Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
- Windy Hill Road West: Widening of road from U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway to I-75 from five lanes to six lanes divided by a raised landscaped median. Traffic signals will be upgraded, and all new pedestrian accommodations will be included. Funded through SPLOST.
- Windy Hill Road East: Additional eastbound and westbound lanes will be added. Additional turn lanes will also be added to Windy Hill Road east of Powers Ferry Road. A SPLOST project.
- Cobb Parkway: Widening from four to six lanes between Akers Mill and Paces Mill roads, currently under contract.
- Cobb Parkway/Chattahoochee River Bridge, currently under construction.
- Northwest Corridor I-75: Two optional, reversible toll lanes from I-285 north to the I-575 split. One reversible toll lane will continue on I-75 to Hickory Grove Road and one lane will run alongside I-575 up to Sixes Road. They will open to traffic in 2018.
- Windy Hill-Terrell Mill Connector, which is SPLOST funded.
Improvements that are unfunded but being studied:
- Windy Ridge Parkway Connector
- Cobb Parkway/I-285 diverging diamond interchange
- Cobb Parkway/Cumberland/Spring split diamond
- I-285 access to Circle 75 Parkway roundabout