Residents Support Cheaper, Shorter Alternate Route with Little Environmental Impact
(Cartersville, Ga.) – The Coalition for the Right Road (CORR), an organization of Georgia citizens committed to making sure the U.S. 411 Connector is built cheaper, safer and with minimal environmental impact, announced today the group has obtained about 1,000 signatures from residents in Bartow County (and beyond) to stop the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) proposed design, Route D-VE, for the U.S. 411 Connector.
CORR’s membership has surged into the hundreds and has been extremely active in the community in recent weeks. The coalition has participated in several local events, parades and business meetings, presented at the Cartersville City Council and Bartow County Commission meetings, attended GDOT board meetings and more. Membership is open to anyone who supports a shorter, cheaper and less environmentally impactful route for the connector.
Route D-VE is expected to cost taxpayers more than $280 million – making it a $182 million more expensive than GDOT’s originally proposed design, Route G. The current route is 2.5 miles longer and requires twice as many expensive bridges and overpasses than Route G. It also will destroy Dobbins Mountain and historic Dobbins Mine, and negatively impacts a 100-acre significant wildlife refuge on the mountain. GDOT’s road requires a costly, complicated and dangerous interchange with I-75 and needlessly jeopardizes the threatened and federally-protected Cherokee darter.
“Route D-VE is a colossal waste of taxpayer money and environmental destruction of the worst kind,” said Leslie Crawford, member of Coalition for the Right Road. “Obviously, this route is not as popular as GDOT thinks. We have discovered that thousands of residents in Bartow County and Cartersville are completely unaware of the road’s excessive cost and pending environmental destruction. Other routes, such as Route G, would save the state $182 million and would affect significantly fewer residents and landowners while serving the exact same purpose.”
The Coalition for the Right Road (CORR) is an organization of Georgia citizens committed to making sure the U.S. 411 Connector is built at the lowest cost to taxpayers with minimal environmental impact. CORR is opposed to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s current plans for the 411 Connector – Route D-VE – because of its high cost, inefficient interchange and environmental destruction. The coalition is committed to raising awareness of shorter, cheaper and less destructive routes, and is open to anyone who shares these concerns. For more information, visit www.coalitionfortherightroad.org or find us on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.