Cobb Commissioners approve memorandum with ARC to start planning Chattahoochee River Trail

Chattahoochee River in article about overflow halted at the South Cobb WRFChattahoochee River looking south from 78/278 bridge (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

In a 5-0 vote, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a memorandum of agreement with the Atlanta Regional Commission, the City of Atlanta, and the Trust for Public Land for the master planning and engineering design of Chattahoochee River Trail.  This trail is one of the eight priority projects of the draft Cobb Greenways and Trails Master Plan.

The Chattahoochee River Trail will be a 3.1-mile trail running on the Cobb County side of the river, beginning to the south at Mableton Parkway and ending on the north at I-285.  It will pass the future park near Discovery Boulevard, and the Riverview Landing mixed-use development.  It will also connect to the future Proctor Creek Greenway across the river in the City of Atlanta.

The Board of Commissioners authorized the submission of a TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) grant application to the Atlanta Regional Commission on May 9, 2017, for master planning and engineering design of the trail. The Cobb DOT received word that the ARC approved the request on February 28, 2018. ARC will be the designated recipient of the funds.

According to the summary attached to the BOC agenda by Erica Parish, Transportation Agency Interim Director,

The estimated total project cost for master planning and engineering design is $1,500,000.00. This amount includes 80 percent federal funding, in an amount not to exceed $1,200,000.00, and a 20 percent required local match of $300,000.00. The 20 percent local match commitment will be shared equally, in an amount not to exceed $100,000.00 each, by Cobb County, the City of Atlanta (City), and Trust for Public Land (TPL). Cobb County’s share of the local match commitment is available in the 2016 SPLOST TIP Fund approved budget. The City and TPL have each submitted Letters of Financial Support to ARC indicating that they will commit $100,000.00 each towards the required local match. Each agency will be represented and will serve on the project management team.