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Highway 411 Connector stalls again

Mar 27, 2013 -- 2:16pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

New problems arising in the ongoing 411 Connector issue may delay the project even further.

Recent discoveries of endangered Indiana bats and other environmental issues have slowed the already lethargic pace of progress on the state’s plan that would provide Rome and Floyd County direct access to I-75.

State transportation board member Jeff Lewis says while the current DV-E route is the DOT’s choice for the project, other alternatives are available.

“There’s always been options available, it’s the DV-E route is now the designated route,” said Lewis. “From the Federal highway perspective, it is most direct and suggests the more optimum use of traffic comes from Floyd and West Bartow to get to the interstate.”

Representing Cartersville Ranch and the historic Dobbin’s Mine property, attorney Henry Parkman says an alternate route being tossed around by the DOT and law makers makes no sense.

"It still has all the problems and doesn't solve anything," Parkman said recently in an interview.

The latest barricade to the construction of the long anticipated route could delay further progress another 9 months, according to Georgia DOT officials. 

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