Kennesaw, Ga. — Construction recently began on the Skip Spann Connector that will bridge Frey Road and Busbee Drive at Interstate 75, according to ARCADIS, one of two firms designing the connector. When complete, the two-year project is expected to reduce daily traffic congestion by nearly 20 percent, improve local access from Kennesaw State University across I-75 to the Town Center economic-activity center, and provide a safer commute for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The project is the result of a public-private partnership between the Town Center Area Community Improvement District (TCACID), Cobb County Department of Transportation, Georgia Department of Transportation and Kennesaw State University. Each provided funding for the road project which, once complete, will meet a substantial community need, allow for continued growth and expansion of KSU and improve mobility and the quality of life for those who live, work and play in the area.
The connector incorporates winning design concepts from a competition between three local colleges, making the Skip Spann Connector unique to the area. According to Wassim Selman, president at ARCADIS U.S., "One design element will mimic the twin peaks of Kennesaw Mountain. The bridge will also feature different colors and textures, and will include planters of local foliage. Together, these aesthetic features and the increased safety and mobility for all those using it, will make the Skip Spann Connector a source of pride for the entire community."
The $17.8 million transportation project was identified in the ARCADIS-developed master plan and was funded by Cobb County DOT, Georgia DOT, the TCACID and KSU and has been hailed as a model for public-private partnerships.
In April 2012, county commissioners named the connector after Thomas E. "Skip" Spann, former vice-chairman of the Town Center Area Community Improvement District, who served on the organization's board until his passing in August 2012.