Posted on Apr 16, 2011
Recently, the Marietta City Council approved the City's purchase of a home on North Fairground Street. The purchase of 383 North Fairground Street for $101,000 comes as part of a plan to overhaul the section of North Fairground Street that has been the site of numerous Marietta car accidents over the last few years.

North Fairground Street averages about 150 accidents a year. That averages to 2 -3 accidents per week. In 2006, there were 163 accidents on North Fairground Street. In 2007, there were 156 crashes, and in 2008 there were 144 wrecks.

The plan for the property at 383 Fairground Street is to tear down the house so crews can add a median with green space and sidewalks to widen the area and hopefully avoid future accidents. Other plans for the project include constructing a traffic roundabout near Allgood Road.

Residents have mixed reactions to the changes in the area. Some are hesitant to lose their property, or pieces of the property for the project, but many see the need to prevent future accidents along this popular alternative to Cobb Parkway.

Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed within a year.