Town Center Area CID’s Big Shanty Connector
Grantee: Town Center Area CID
Project: Big Shanty Connector Phase 2
Date Completed: July 2012
Grant Amount: $1,750,000
Designed to provide an alternative to Kennesaw’s congested Chastain Road and Barrett Parkway corridors, the Town Center Area Community Improvement District (TCACID), located in northern Cobb County, built a two-mile-long roadway called the Big Shanty Connector. Divided into three phases, this $18 million project included nearly 3,600 new feet of roadway. Phase 2 of construction built a roadway from Barrett Lakes Boulevard to Town Point Drive and further widened the road to Chastain Road. These changes were part of an overall strategy to provide significant congestion relief for the northwest area of Cobb County.
The TCACID Project restructured segments of Big Shanty Road to alleviate congestion at the Chastain Road/I-75 Interchange. Grant funds also helped provide a more direct route for the growing Kennesaw State University population and local residents to access the Town Center shopping, business and retail areas, as well as the Noonday Creek multi-use trail.
Each phase of the three-phase project was submitted for separate funding. Construction of the essential Chastain Road to Barrett Lakes Boulevard connector remained unfunded until receiving the $1.75 million GTIB grant from the State Road and Tollway Authority. The grant cleared the way for Phase 2 construction to begin in January of 2011. The new roadway opened to traffic in July 2012.
A 2013 analysis of the project’s impact revealed significant improvements in rush-hour travel times on Chastain Road:
AM peak hour delay decreased by 52 percent
PM peak hour delay decreased by 35 percent
“We are pleased that a recent ARCADIS study shows the connector has provided significant benefit, having significantly reduced traffic and delay on Chastain Road, yielding an annual travel time-savings equivalent to 3.3 million dollars.”
- Lanie Shipp, TCACID Executive Director