On the evening of April 25th, 2016, the Cobb community, local and state politicians, and representatives from Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID), Cobb County DOT, Georgia DOT, and Kennesaw State University (KSU) participated in the “Ribbon Cutting” for the Skip Spann Connector, named after the first chairman of the TCCID. In lieu of a standard ribbon cutting, Mrs. Ilyene Spann, widow of Skip Spann, flipped the switch that turned on the first lighted bridge in Cobb County.
The Skip Spann Connector project was conceived to help alleviate congestion and delay in the immediate area of the I-75 and Chastain Road interchange, one of the more congested interchanges in Cobb County. The project provides an additional east-west route north of Chastain Road, allowing an alternate path for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic to traverse the interstate to access regional activity centers in the area.
The distinctive bridge design is a result of a design competition between teams comprised of students from KSU, Chattahoochee Technical College and Southern Polytechnic State University. The winning design, which was ultimately incorporated into the final design, included LED-lighted decorative fencing in the shape of Kennesaw Mountain. This component helps make the main structure of the Skip Spann Connector one of the most distinctive bridges in Georgia and an excellent gateway into Cobb County, TCCID and KSU.