East Hiram Parkway is scheduled to be complete by July 29, but may be slightly behind schedule, said DOT Director Scott Greene.
The road will be four lanes stretching three miles from Ga. Hwy. 92 at Bill Carruth Parkway to U.S. Hwy. 278 near the Cobb County line, and will include three bridges, said DOT Construction Division Manager Michael Gravett in an email.
“This is the largest project to date advertised by Paulding County Department of Transportation,” he said. “The project construction cost is $16,319,000 funded with state and federal transportation funds.”
The parkway is a means to relieve traffic on Hwy. 278 and bypass its heavily congested intersection with Hwy. 92.
“It will complete a loop on the south side of Hiram, and service both as a north-south alternate to 92 and east- west alternate to Hwy. 278,” Greene said.
They estimate about 15,000 cars will use the road each day in the first year.
The Seven Hills Extension is going to cover 2.15 miles with a two-lane road connecting Hwy. 92 near Old Stilesboro Road, to the intersection of Seven Hills Boulevard and Cedarcrest Road, Gravett said.
Greene noted this area is the fastest growing part of the county in terms of home sales.
Also half of the residents that work out of the county work in Cobb County, and this will help lighten the congestion in the area, he said.
Gravett said the project is the largest 100 percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax-funded project that Paulding County has awarded at $8.5 million.
The project is scheduled to be complete in November.
Greene said county road paving is done during the summer due to the warmer weather, which produces better quality paving. Also schools are out for summer break which helps with traffic, Gravett said.
Between the three contracts throughout the summer 17.78 miles is scheduled to be paved. That makes 39 paved miles for the county in fiscal year 2013.
There are 49 roads scheduled to receive some amount of paving.
A future major project the DOT is considering widening is Bill Carruth Parkway, Greene said.
A road created to be an alternate is seeing enough traffic to need two additional lanes The two lanes where planned for the future, but are already needed, and construction could start this fall.