The Paulding County Department of Transportation officially opened the 2.5-mile road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. It links Hiram-Douglasville Highway at Bill Carruth Parkway with Wendy Bagwell Parkway at Poplar Springs Road near the Cobb County line, allowing motorists to bypass the often-congested Hiram retail district fronting Wendy Bagwell and Jimmy Lee Smith parkways.
Post 3 County Commissioner Tommie Graham, who represents the area of the new road, challenged fellow commissioners to maintain it as a limited-access thoroughfare.
“This is a traffic mover. That’s what it was designed for,” he said.
Paulding DOT director Scott Greene noted county leaders hope the road aids efforts to attract industry to the developing corridor. Its opening creates a continuous loop with Bill Carruth and Charles Hardy parkways and includes the new WellStar Paulding replacement hospital.
The four-lane divided road travels through a mostly rural area but includes traffic lights at intersections with Angham Road, Arnold Lane and Rosedale Street. It also includes the longest bridge in the county at 700 feet between Angham and Rosedale, as well as a bridge spanning the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.
Its $16.3 million construction cost was mostly funded with federal and state transportation money.