Environmental steps completed for proposed 411 connector

31 10 2008

Rome News-Tribune

Officials from the Federal Highway Administration have signed the Record of Decision for the 411 Connector project. The signing of the ROD completes the exhaustive environmental regulations required for federally funded road projects.

The proposed connector will link U.S. 411 at its interchange with U.S. 41 west of Cartersville with I-75. The project will separate through traffic from locally generated traffic, reducing congestion in the corridor. Although Georgia lawmakers secured $25 million on federal funding for the project, the state DOT announced recently the project is on hold because of budget constraints.

Rome’s David Doss, who represents the 11th Congressional District on the Sate Transportation Board, said he will work with the federal, state and local officials to push for the road’s completion.

“This ROD is proof that, by giving this project the attention it deserves, environmental streamlining works,” said Federal Highway Administrator Thomas J. Madison. “With today’s signing, hundreds of thousands of Georgia residents are nearer to the congestion relief they have waited years for.” “The ROD is a huge step forward,” said Doss. “This road has been needed for 30 years.

Click here to read a story about the suspension of funding. Click here to read a story from the public meeting when the route was unveiled.

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