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Rebuttal letter to recent Rome News-Tribune editorial – in its entirety

Once again, the Rome News-Tribune heavily edited (cut down) a rebuttal letter and we wanted to share a similar version that’s making the rounds – in its entirety.

The letter (from a resident in Cartersville) is in response to the paper throwing its blind support behind GDOT Board Member David Doss’ reelection.  Keep in the mind, a higher-up at the paper was only David Doss’ best man in his wedding.  Notice how the critical points about the paper were removed, how it was nearly cut in half, etc.

Complete letter

Dear Editor,

In the column, “Keep Doss in driver’s seat,” the paper claimed the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (and State Transportation Board Member David Doss’) proposed design, Route D-VE, for the U.S. 411 Connector is “a path far more useful to Romans than the alternatives.”

More useful?

Since when is it useful to travel 2.5 miles longer (essentially paralleling I-75) than other routes? Attempting to navigate a complicated and dangerous interchange at SR 20 and I-75 does not sound useful either.

Studies by experts indicate the “atypical” jughandle interchange for Route D-VE at I-75 will increase congestion and traffic jams on I-75, thus increasing overall travel time. Traffic will not flow freely from the connector onto I-75 or vice versa; rather, traffic will have to pass through (and likely stop at) two to three traffic signals, at least.

By comparison, more efficient, shorter routes (such as Route G) would permit an interchange to allow seamless entrance and exit from I-75 while keeping up speed. No traffic signals would be necessary and traffic congestion and accidents would be avoided.

Also, the paper failed to disclose Route D-VE’s interchange will be impacted by GDOT’s proposed alignment of the Atlanta to Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation (HSGT) project. GDOT’s positioning of the full service rail stop, parking lots, etc. at SR 20 and I-75 will only create additional traffic congestion and travel delays at the connector’s interchange.

Further, having the connector bogged down in litigation for approximately 10 years is far from useful, as traffic and construction costs will increase during that time period. In 1993, landowners successfully stopped a similar route in court on a litany of federal regulatory issues and it has been reported they are planning to do it again.

Unfortunately, it appears to those of us who are not insiders that GDOT and this paper’s editorial board are more concerned about proving a point, than actually finding and supporting the most useful route for motorists.

Here’s what the paper published – see below. Notice the difference?

Connector plans bogging down

by Jamie Harrison Rn T.Com

12.27.10 – 09:32 pm

Studies indicate the “atypical” jughandle interchange for Route D-VE at I-75 will increase congestion and traffic jams on I-75, thus increasing overall travel time. Traffic will not flow freely from the connector onto I-75 or vice versa; rather, traffic will pass through (and likely stop at) two to three traffic signals, at least.

By comparison, more efficient, shorter routes (such as Route G) would permit an interchange to allow seamless entrance and exit from I-75 while keeping up speed. No traffic signals would be necessary and traffic congestion and accidents would be avoided.

Route D-VE’s interchange will be impacted by GDOT’s proposed alignment of the Atlanta to Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation (HSGT) project. GDOT’s positioning of the full service rail stop, parking lots, etc. at SR 20 and I-75 will only create additional traffic congestion and travel delays at the connector’s interchange.

Having the connector bogged down in litigation for 10 years is far from useful, as traffic and construction costs will increase during that time. In 1993, landowners successfully stopped a similar route in court on a litany of federal regulatory issues and they are planning to do it again.

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Online petition drive; we need your help!

The rough weather and time constraints due to the holidays have limited our efforts to collect petition signatures against Route D-VE. To keep up the momentum (of our 1,000+ signatures so far), we’re asking all of our friends and supporters to email our online petition to your email address book.  Here is the link for the petition:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/411corr/

Best part is, it literally takes a few seconds to complete the petition.

Some will say, this road doesn’t apply to me. Not true.

The state of Georgia is planning to spend (err waste) federal dollars, about $22 to $25 million, on the construction of this road that is 2.5 miles longer and costs $182 million more than alternate routes, destroys a mountain and conservation easement, blasts through a historic mine, negatively impacts the threatened and federally protected Cherokee darter and more.

As you can see, this is a complete waste of your tax dollars when other shorter, cheaper and more efficient routes exist.  Help us stop Route D-VE today!

Thank you.

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GDOT Board Meeting on Thurs., December 9 at 9 a.m.

Join Coalition for the Right Road (CORR) as we voice our opposition to GDOT regarding the proposed route for the U.S. 411 Connector.

 

State Transportation Board Meeting  on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 9 a.m.


CORR is opposed to GDOT’s current route – known as Route D-VE – because of its high cost, inefficient/unsafe interchange and environmental destruction. At the board meeting, CORR and impacted residents are going to request GDOT board members to examine shorter, cheaper and less destructive routes.

 

Transportation and lunch will be provided.


For transportation to GDOT meeting: Meet CORR representatives at the Church at Liberty Square at 7:45 a.m.. Address:  2001 Liberty Square Dr., Cartersville, GA. Park in back of church; next to gymnasium.

 

For individual transportation: Georgia Department of Transportation, 4th Floor Board Room, One Georgia Center – 600 West Peachtree St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30308.

 

Please RSVP: Email: us411connector@gmail.com or

Telephone: 678-686-7841

 

For more information about CORR and/or to become a member – visit www.coalitionfortherightroad.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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