Scott Greene, director of transportation in Paulding County, said the project is 6.2 miles in length from Ga. 176 in Powder Springs to Ga. 120 in Dallas, with 47 percent of the road in Paulding County.
The road will have four lanes with a raised grass median in the middle, Greene said.
“The project is a continuation of the Ga. 360 widening to four lanes from Powder Springs Road to Ga. 176/New Macland [Road] in 1996,” he said.
He noted Cobb County recently opened a new road connecting the former eastern end of Macland at Powder Springs Road with the former western end of Windy Hill Road at Austell Road — creating a continuous link to I-75.
Greene said the accident rate on Macland Road is higher than the state average. Traffic Operations Division Manager George Jones said the GDOT reported the state average crash rate last reported in 2009 was 369 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles driven. Macland Road’s crash rate in 2011 was 572 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles driven.
Average daily traffic on the road is 12,100 vehicles, Jones said, quoting GDOT figures.
“This is one of the most used routes for Paulding County residents to travel to jobs in Cobb County,” Greene said.
Greene said about 76 percent of Paulding residents commute to other counties for work, according to the 2000 Census, and about half of these residents work in Cobb County, making Macland Road a heavily trafficked road with congestion at rush hours and serious delays.