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02-09-2006, 09:41
Good to see there are efforts to stop this nonsense.

Stop the Road to Nowhere (http://info.sierraclub.org/c.html?rtr=on&s=arz,i2kd,o7l,1g41,hu8x,f5tu,57hh)
The proposed North Shore Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park would cut a 38-mile swath through the largest tract of undeveloped mountain forest in the eastern United States. Intended to replace a county road submerged by a reservoir 60 years ago, only the first seven miles were built before rising costs and environmental damage halted construction.

In recent years, a growing number of local citizens, elected officials, environmental and taxpayer groups have endorsed a cash settlement to Swain County, North Carolina, in lieu of the destructive road, and the National Park Service "environmentally preferred" alternative is to scrap the proposed road. But Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), determined to spur new development in the area, secured a $16 million appropriation in 2000 to restart the roadbuilding. Now the public has a chance to weigh in during a comments period that ends March 20. Visit our website to learn more and take action! (http://info.sierraclub.org/c.html?rtr=on&s=arz,i2kd,o7l,1g41,hu8x,f5tu,57hh)

http://www.sierraclub.org/GreatSmokyMountains/ (http://www.sierraclub.org/GreatSmokyMountains/)

02-09-2006, 10:15
Good article today in the Smoky Mtn News..


02-10-2006, 09:23
That article says it best: It will come down to politics. A very few people who stand to profit from this outlay of funds will get their road built so they can line their pockets. Developers have no souls.

02-10-2006, 09:39
Good article today in the Smoky Mtn News..


Thanks for posting that article. Interesting reading. I signed the petition...I think I was one of the first 50 people to do so...and I hope as many people as possible sign it, too.

02-10-2006, 21:23
Is this the same road that the government agreed to build in exchange for all the land they bought and flooded? If so, And I believe it is, I have read alot about. The local county raised 2 bonds to have a road put in to Bryson city. After getting the road complete the plan for Fontana Dam put the road in trouble. As I have read all government agentcies agreeed to put a new road in for the local county for compensation.

02-15-2006, 19:42
There was a story on National Public Radio's All things Considered on the effort of a few to get this road going again. Seems like nonsence. But the link to the story is http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5218050. I didn't know it is for a few to visit a grave yard. Just an another way for our government to spend our money foolishly. And I consider myself a true northeast big D tax and spend Democrat, but this is not right!