WHO: Coalition for the Right Road (CORR) is an organization of Georgia citizens committed to making sure the U.S. 411 Connector is built with minimal environmental impact and at the lowest cost to taxpayers. CORR is opposed to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) current plans for the 411 Connector (Route D-VE) because of its excessive cost, its inefficient interchange, and the harm it will cause to the environment.
Leaders from CORR, who are very familiar with the issues facing the connector, will be available for comment.
WHAT: GDOT is hosting a public forum to review federally funded projects in Bartow County, which includes the proposed 411 Connector. Route D-VE will cost taxpayers at least $100 million more than alternative Route G, is longer in distance, will take significantly longer to construct and face legal issues from nearby landowners. GDOT wants to unnecessarily blast through Dobbins Mountain, further jeopardize the threatened and federally-protected Cherokee darter, and bisect the 107-acre Euharlee wildlife refuge and historic Dobbins Mine.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service recently stated that GDOT has still not studied the potential for acidic drainage from the required road cut at Dobbins Mountain or 1,000 linear feet of streams it missed in the path of Route D-VE.
Other alternate routes studied by GDOT are more cost effective and less environmentally intrusive, and alleviate local traffic congestion.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23 (5 to 7 pm)
WHERE: GDOT District Six Office (Conference Room); 500 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville
VISUALS: A crowd of passionate residents negatively impacted by the route. Affected citizens will be expressing their displeasure (with signage) and encouraging GDOT and elected officials to select a route that does not waste taxpayer money, is shorter, requires less construction time, and preserves our environment and way of life.