Last week’s events at the Rollins Ranch in Cartersville gave attendees a new perspective of the proposed U.S. 411 Connector project. Experts in engineering, transportation and biology discussed the monetary and environmental impacts Route D would have on residents of Bartow and Floyd. Guests were also invited to take a tour of Dobbins Mountain after the event to see where the center line and right-of-way will cut through the mountain.
- ACCESS: Route D doesn’t solve the problem. It doesn’t offer easy, direct access to Atlanta for Rome and Floyd County residents. Also, experts indicate that the “atypical” interchange GDOT plans for Route D at I-75 will increase congestion, safety concerns and traffic jams.
- COST: Route D costs millions more than other more feasible, shorter routes.
- ENVIRONMENT: Route D would cause environmental destruction. Blasting through Dobbins Mountain would threaten Etowah River Basin ecosystems and many “at-risk” species. The Cherokee Darter is endemic to the Etowah River Basin, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world, and is listed as an endangered species.