Skip Spann Connector Bridge

Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - The Skip Spann Connector Bridge was initiated to provide a vital link between the eastern and western sides of I-75 for both vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

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reduction in congestion is expected to be provided as a result of this project

The $17.5 M Skip Spann Connector is named for the founding member of the Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID), Thomas E. “Skip” Spann, who inspired change and growth in the area and served on its Board of Directors until his passing in August 2012.  Supporting his vision, the Skip Spann Connector bridge is the focal point of a project that both embraces the identity of the community and the youth of its future.

In 2010, Cobb County Department of Transportation hosted a bridge design competition with students from local colleges and universities. The purpose of the competition was to engage the students in creatively identifying the community.  The winning team’s design incorporated the iconic twin peaks of Kennesaw and Little Kennesaw Mountains, a feature that uniquely represents Kennesaw State University and the Town Center area.

The bridge design strikes a delicate balance between a large vehicular structure and the pedestrian scale making it inviting for those on foot and bikes while improving the traffic congestion in the area.  The signature rope lighted railing design, inspired by the winning students, makes the bridge visible for several miles along I-75 and boasts as the “first ever” lighted bridge in Cobb County.  The design incorporated other aesthetic elements including sculptural shade structures, pedestrian lighting, landscape planters, and designated pedestrian zones.  The bridge superstructure was also designed for sustainability and cost. This was an ideal design choice since it offered construction and maintenance economy while accommodating the long spans over the interstate.

Not only is the completion of the bridge in record time an indication of its success, this project is an ideal example of how to combine needed infrastructure in a creative manner and how to engage the community in the overall bridge design.

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reduction in congestion is expected to be provided as a result of this project

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