The 7-mile-long Noonday Creek Trail, which will connect pedestrians and cyclists from the Town Center mall area to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is being constructed in five phases. The paved trail will be 8 to 10 feet wide and have a dotted line to separate pedestrians and cyclists.
The project began about a year ago, when the Town Center Community Improvement District paid approximately $1 million for Phase 2B. This portion of the trail is 2.3 miles, runs from Noonday Creek at Highway 41 up to Barrett Lakes Boulevard and is expected to be completed by the end of April.
Phase 1B, was started on March 29, 2010 and is expected to be completed by the end of July. This portion will connect the existing multi-use trail that runs along Kennesaw Avenue into the park. According to Cobb DOT Director Faye
DiMassimo, the county will fund $600,000 of the $1.3 million phase through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue, while the National Park Service will fund $600,000 and the Cobb County Water Systemwill fund about $150,000. This mile-long phase will run along Old 41 Highway beginning at Stilesboro Road and ending at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park boundary.
According to project manager and Cobb County engineer Jane Stricklin, the largest portion of the Noonday Creek Trail, Phase 2C, is expected to start in spring 2011 and will connect to Phase 2B at Barrett Lakes Boulevard and run 2.6 miles to its end at Bells Ferry Road. Phase 2C will be funded by a $3.28 million Living Centers Initiative grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
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