Coweta County has experienced significant growth in population and development in recent years. As the county grows, transportation needs become even greater to address. As the county’s connection to the metropolitan Atlanta region continues to grow, transportation needs must be considered within a larger context of what is occurring in the metro area in terms or regional mobility and air quality conformity. In 2004, Coweta County became part of the 18-county Atlanta Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) area. In 2010, the Atlanta MPO area expanded to all or parts of 20 counties. As a limited member of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for transportation planning purposes, Coweta County and its municipalities coordinate transportation planning and implementation efforts through the ARC’s fiscally constrained and air quality conforming Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for long-range projects and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for short-range projects. The county also coordinates with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA). Coweta County is a member government of the Three Rivers Regional Commission (TRRC).
Comprehensive Transportation Plan (link to Coweta's Joint CTP)
The 20-county Atlanta region will add 2.5 million people and 1.5 million jobs by the year 2040. The Region’s Plan is a long-range blueprint that details the investments that will be made over the next 25 years to ensure metro Atlanta’s future success and improve the region’s quality of life. The plan, developed with robust public input, aims to “Win the Future” by providing world-class infrastructure, building a competitive economy and ensuring the region is comprised of healthy, livable communities. It incorporates all of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) planning areas – transportation, community development, water resources, aging & health services and workforce development. The plan aims to: improve mobility by investing $85 billion in the region’s transportation infrastructure; create more vibrant, walkable communities; meet the needs of the region’s fast-growing population of older adults; and ensure a supply of clean, abundant water.
The Atlanta region ranks as one of the nation’s largest inland distribution centers. Freight movement in Atlanta is an indicator of the region’s economic importance. In 2008, ARC completed the Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan, the first freight plan for the Metro Atlanta region. The plan’s goal was to enhance regional economic competitiveness by providing efficient, reliable and safe freight transportation while maintaining the quality of life in the region’s communities. The Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Plan Update serves as the guiding planning document supporting the region’s freight and goods movement strategies. The plan builds on previous planning efforts while evaluating recent changes and identifying potential future freight needs in the region.
As congestion continues to worsen, cycling and walking are becoming viable alternative modes of transportation in the Atlanta region; however, many facilities in the region are not safe enough for people to feel comfortable doing so. The ARC’s “Walk. Bike. Thrive!” Plan will identify strategies and projects to address the need of cyclists and pedestrians. The plan incorporates the 20-county region, including Coweta County.
For the designated bicycle routes and proposed multi-use trails in Coweta County, click to view the Coweta County Bicycle Plan 2000, the Coweta Bike Route Brochure and the Coweta County Greenway Master Plan.
A comprehensive study of the southern area of the Atlanta region was completed in 2007. With the tremendous growth taking place in this area of the region and that is projected for the future, the Southern Regional Accessibility Study (SRAS) establishes a strategic, long-term vision and area-wide plan that provides a strategy for growth while ensuring accessibility, mobility, and quality of life. The study area included Coweta, Clayton, Fayette, South Fulton, Henry, and Spalding counties and their municipalities.
If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts or suggestions to improve the transportation system in Coweta County, let us know!
Coweta County Transportation & Engineering Department
Tavores Edwards, Transportation Manager
770-683-2300, Fax: 770-683-2014