411 Connector


The issue:
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to build a bypass in Bartow County to provide a direct link between I-75 and the Rome area.

Our stand:
We're opposed to the DOT's chosen route. The road would barrel right through a mountain, causing unnecessary environmental damage and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars. Other viable options the DOT has considered are considerably cheaper and safer from an environmental standpoint.

For example, the DOT's chosen route crosses several creeks in the Etowah River basin and would further jeopardize the endangered Cherokee Darter.

The DOT's plans call for an 800-foot wide, 125-foot deep gash to be blasted through Dobbins Mountain. That's tall enough to hold a 12-story building and wide enough to comfortably fit four 747 jet planes sitting wingtip to wingtip.

Then there's the cost. Compared to more sensible alternatives, the DOT's favored route is 2.5 miles longer and requires the construction of seven more bridges and overpasses. In all, the cost difference runs about $100 million, a stunning figure given the DOT's well-documented budget woes.

The Georgia Conservancy is not opposed to a highway bypass, just this chosen route. We understand the need to invest in transportation infrastructure to ease traffic congestion in Bartow and better serve the Rome area.

Watch Georgia Conservancy President Pierre Howard advocate for Dobbins Mountain:

For more information on the 411 Connector project visit this website:www.coalitionfortherightroad.org

Click here to read Pierre Howard's June 2013 letter to the Rome News-Tribune.

Sign our 411 Connector petition:

We the undersigned demand the Georgia Department of Transportation to build a more efficient, cheaper and environmentally-friendly route for the US 411 Connector.

Route D-VE, the proposed route, is a gross mismanagement of public funds ($280 million) and an environmental disaster in the making.

Alternatively, Route G is $112 million cheaper, 2.5 miles shorter and will have considerably less impact on the environment. Route G does not destroy Dobbins Mountain and historic Dobbins Mine (dates to 1867), bisect a 100 acre conservation easement or needlessly jeopardize the threatened and federally-protected Cherokee darter.


 
 
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I agree with the above statement and do not support the 411 Connector as currently proposed.