Angry Buckhead residents told Georgia Department of Transportation officials they worry a project to widen U.S. 41 will only bring more Cobb County cars into their neighborhoods.

Project Manager Tim Matthews attended the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods’ June 9 meeting to answer questions about the project, which aims to widen the artery between Cobb and Fulton counties.

“The entire corridor is slated to go from a four- lane to a six-lane roadway to relieve congestion,” Matthews said.

He said widening the road over the Chattahoochee River will be necessary because according to studies, 36,000 cars drive on the road per day. That number is expected to increase to 47,000 by 2032, Matthews said.

Most at the meeting felt that increasing the capacity of the road would encourage more traffic.

Jim King, president of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, asked how Fulton County, the city of Atlanta, or the community of Buckhead would benefit from the road project.

“[Cobb County commuters] get off the Interstate and congest our streets. Your plan is creating more congestion,” King said. “This is a recipe for disaster. You are just plowing cars into our neighborhoods.”

–Melissa Weinman