Akers Mill Ramp
- The Northwest Express Lanes as designed does not accommodate direct and safe access for the 100,000+ daily commuters traveling to and from Cumberland.
- On July 25th, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao announced $856 million in grants for state and local infrastructure projects through the INFRA discretionary grant program. Through the Congressional release process Cobb County in partnership with the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID) was awarded $5 million for the Akers Mill Ramp Phase II project.
- The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) delivered one of the biggest public infrastructure investments in the State’s history; the $900m Northwest Express Lanes. The 29.7-mile reversible toll lane project opened to traffic in September of 2018 and has significantly benefited those who travel I-75 and I-575, be it for business or personal purposes.
- The Akers Mill Ramp, a 24-foot-wide reversible ramp will provide an additional direct access to/from the express lane system that will continue to substantially improve regional mobility and will continue to provide travel time savings.
The estimated total project cost is $44.2 Million. The funding includes:
- $2.8m Cumberland CID
- $11.0m Cobb County (via SPLOST)
- $2.0m State Road & Tollway Authority (via GTIB)
- $4.4m Georgia DOT (via waived fees)
- $4.0m Atlanta Regional Commision (via STP)
$24.2m Total Commitments & Sources
- $3.5m Cumberland CID
- $4.0m Cobb County (via SPLOST)
- $1.5m State Road & Tollway Authority (via GTIB)
- $6.0m Atlanta Regional Commision (via STP)
- $5.0m U.S. DOT (via INFRA)
$20.0m Total Commitments & Sources
The Cumberland CID and its state, regional and county partners, including Georgia Department of Transportation, State Road & Tollway Authority, Atlanta Regional Commission and Cobb County each committed significant funding for the completion of the Akers Mill Ramp Phase II project, and the INFRA grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation completes the final funding needed for the project.
This Akers Mill Ramp represents a true public-private partnership. The leadership of Cobb County’s Congressional delegation: U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator David Perdue, U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk, U.S. Representative Lucy McBath and U.S. Representative David Scott, to advance this project reflects their support for vital transportation projects that positively impact the residents of Cobb County and the greater Atlanta region.