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Watch both sides discuss Route D-VE

Georgia Highlands College’s Community Watch television show takes a look at both sides of the controversial 411 Connector – Route D-VE. Click below to watch interviews with GDOT Board Member David Doss and CORR Member/Local Resident Mary Martin and Rollins family representatives.

Video segment of Don Carson, president of RFA Management Company, LLC, Lee Davis, attorney for Rollins family, and Mary Martin, resident of Cartersville and member of the Coalition for the Right Road, discussing cost, traffic modeling, environmental, interchange, etc. issues about the proposed U.S. 411 Connector. Special thanks to Georgia Highlands College and the friendly hosts and producers at Community Watch for allowing the Coalition to reproduce this video on our website.

Video segment of State Transportation Board Member David Doss discussing the proposed U.S. 411 Connector. Special thanks to Georgia Highlands College and the friendly hosts and producers at Community Watch for allowing the Coalition to reproduce this video on our website.

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Tell GDOT Board Members to Stop Route D-VE

The coalition is asking members/supporters to please mail or fax letters to GDOT board members opposing the proposed design of the U.S. 411 Connector (Route D-VE), which is expected to cost state taxpayers more than $280 million (or $182 million more than alternate routes).

Contact information for GDOT Board Members.

Obviously, we know where GDOT Board Member David Doss stands on the issue, so please focus your efforts on other board members. Those members might be interested in learning why building the cheapest, shortest road is not a priority and why Doss insists on wasting hundreds of millions of dollars that other board members could use to fund road projects in their district.

Moreover, board members need to know about the specific negative impact you will experience from Route D-VE and the severe environmental destruction (to Dobbins Mountain, significant wildlife refuge, historic Dobbins Mine, Nancy Creek and Pettit Creek Watersheds, Cherokee darter, etc.) that will occur in Bartow County.

Please enlist the help of your family, friends, neighbors, etc. and ask them to send a quick letter to the GDOT board.

ALSO, please sign our petition to stop this route. (FYI – we have hundreds more signed-up on hard copy versions of the petition.)

For more immediate 411 Connector updates, check us out on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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Cost for GDOT’s Proposed U.S. 411 Connector Soars Past $280 Million Release

The Georgia Department of Transportation recently announced at a meeting with Coalition for the Right Road (CORR) that the cost to build the proposed U.S. 411 Connector, a road that connects Rome to I-75, will cost state taxpayers approximately $280 million.

GDOT has publicly stated the proposed design, Route D-VE, would cost $183 million. However, the agency failed to disclose to state taxpayers that an additional $96 million is required for preliminary engineering, right-of-way purchases, utility relocations, excavation costs and more.  According to CORR’s engineering consultants, the cost for the road is expected to increase further.

In GDOT’s present estimate for the environmentally destructive Route D-VE, the agency is using a statewide, “unclassified” or “common excavation” average cost (per cubic yard) that it developed for the “typical” state road project. GDOT’s cost estimate for Route D-VE assumes the cost to excavate Dobbins Mountain, which is in the middle of the route, is the same as it would be for excavation work to build a road in, say, Camilla, Ga.

To view the rest of CORR’s press release, please visit http://therightroad.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/cost-release-9-8-10-final.doc

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CORR Working Overtime on Labor Day

This past weekend, Coalition for the Right Road (CORR) celebrated Labor Day at the Pioneer Days festival and Labor Day parade in Cartersville.

CORR members (in green) take part in Cartersville’s Labor Day parade.

The Pioneer Days festival at Sam Smith Park included an arts and crafts show, carnival rides and games, fireworks and musical entertainment. CORR hosted a booth at the festival, providing visitors information on the U.S. 411 Connector and the financial and environmental destruction Route D-VE would bring to Bartow County. Members passed out flyers and “Stop D-VE” and “There’s Another Way” car magnets to passersby. Visitors also signed CORR’s petition and reviewed maps comparing the connector routes.

CORR members also took part in Cartersville’s annual Labor Day parade, walking through downtown and waving banners that read “Coalition for the Right Road” and “Stop D-VE.” The group was met with positive support throughout the parade including cheers from the audience – “Yes! Stop that road!”

To voice your concerns about Route D-VE, sign our petition or share your opinions on Facebook or Twitter. If you are interested in attending future events or joining CORR, email us at us411connector@gmail.com.

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