Neighbors concerned as GDOT prepares to expand road in Cobb County

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the widening of State Route 92 near Lake Acworth will improve safety and traffic flow.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Some Cobb County homeowners will soon feel the brunt of a major highway project.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says the widening of State Route 92 near Lake Acworth will improve safety and traffic flow.

Some neighbors told Channel 2’s Cobb County bureau chief Chris Jose that the 20-month detour will have a big impact on an area where children live.

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John Waller has lived on Adams Circle in Acworth for 13 years. The $57 million GDOT project has him thinking twice about his decision to call where he lives home.

“There’s hardly any room here for two cars going down, plus trucks,” Waller said. “I’m ready to move.”

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Starting on March 4, contractors will close Collins Circle at SR 92. GDOT said that closure is needed to build a new intersection.

Drivers who need to get to Collins Circle from the highway will be detoured onto Adams Circle.

“They come down through here, 35-40 miles per hour. And we've got kids who play out here in the street,” Waller said.

GDOT said the detour will last 20 months. And that concerns neighbors.

“We won’t be able to get out of our driveway. That’s another thing. How are we going to get out?” Waller said.

SR 92 will expand from two lanes to four. Crews are widening more than 2 miles of the road, and that includes building three bridges over lakes.

GDOT said the changes will improve safety, mobility and future traffic demand. As for Waller, he told Jose that he doesn’t know if he’ll stick around to see it happen.

"There’s going to be a lot of traffic and it’s going to be all tied up. It’s going to be backed up. What can we do?" Waller said.

Acworth leaders say 35,000 cars will travel State Route 92 every day when construction wraps up in October 2022.