Public perspectives on Corridor K

Public perspectives on Corridor K

There are 13 comments on the Smoky Mountain News story from May 25, 2011, titled Public perspectives on Corridor K. In it, Smoky Mountain News reports that:

Two of the main arguments in favor of Corridor K construction are safety and economic growth.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Smoky Mountain News.

Student

Webster, NC

#1 May 26, 2011
I think Corridor K should be built....Many in Graham County are for it....And the current two-lane is getting busier and more dangerous. It would end isolation in Graham County and open up Andrews and Murphy and Hayesville to the rest of the state. I would like to see it built, and I think its great they are going to have a tunnel and bridge so as not to disturb the natural environment and beauty too much. As long as the tunnel and bridge look attractive, I think it will be a good thing in the end.
timmy

Webster, NC

#2 May 27, 2011
It will destroy Graham County! If you want progress move to atlanta.
GrahamResident

Webster, NC

#3 May 27, 2011
Did the four-lanes destroy Macon County, Cherokee County, Jackson County, Swain County, Haywood County or Madison County? No. They did change, but for the better. Robbinsville is dying. This four lane will bring new business to town and allow for commuters to live here and give us easier access to healthcare. We don't have a hospital and we have to travel on two-lane roads that were like the ones replaced in other western counties in the 1970s. Lots of people here are wanting this to be built. I don't believe you live here. Its the vocal minority like you that keeps progress from happening and keeps holding us back from being the vibrant community that we need to be!
timmy

Otto, NC

#4 May 27, 2011
The four lane will destroy this county by ruining a lot of good land and homes. You cant wait to get more floridiots, motorcycles and other weirdos in here. All towns in America are dying this aint the 50's the whole nation is been going down the drain for years. Four lanes actually hurt towns because it causes traffic to just drive by, the way it is now people at least have to drive through town and maybe buy a little gas and eat at mcdonalds or wendys. Why you give some examples how these other towns have benifited from the 4-lanes?
Cartman

Webster, NC

#5 Jun 12, 2011
They thing needs ot go up nantahala gorge be a shorter route and preserve graham county.
from here

Glenville, NC

#6 Nov 27, 2011
Student wrote:
I think Corridor K should be built....Many in Graham County are for it....And the current two-lane is getting busier and more dangerous. It would end isolation in Graham County and open up Andrews and Murphy and Hayesville to the rest of the state. I would like to see it built, and I think its great they are going to have a tunnel and bridge so as not to disturb the natural environment and beauty too much. As long as the tunnel and bridge look attractive, I think it will be a good thing in the end.
You just want more motorcycles and florida people.
Native Graham Countian

Murphy, NC

#7 Nov 28, 2011
AS it stands now, Graham County has become more of a retirement community, and like it or not, the people from Florida are coming here to retire. Four lane road or not, they're here. If you take the time to get to know most of them, they are good people just finding a slower pace of life to retire into.
As for the motorcyclists...the majority of bikers that come through this area are fine folk...much better than they get credit for. Yeah, they are noisy, and they sometimes drive too slow or too fast for the locals' liking, but I am sure they feel the same way about us when we go to THEIR towns to vacation.
I hate the idea of homes and farms being destroyed to build the road, but I know it's coming, and the best way to deal with that fact is to look for the positives.
With the Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer forest and the lakes all around, we're not going to be "driven through." People will be stopping here and spending money...IF they can get into the county with more ease.
I love the slow, comfortable feel of our little town; the laid-back pace of life is great, but without work here (no company will consider opening factories here due to the roads) all of the working age people that WANT to work, and can pass the drug tests will leave here and move to other towns. Our youth are the only export we have left. Wouldn't it be better if we had access to good roads to bring factories in so that our local youth wouldn't HAVE to move?
Build the road. It's about time.
from here

Glenville, NC

#8 Nov 28, 2011
Native Graham Countian wrote:
AS it stands now, Graham County has become more of a retirement community, and like it or not, the people from Florida are coming here to retire. Four lane road or not, they're here. If you take the time to get to know most of them, they are good people just finding a slower pace of life to retire into.
As for the motorcyclists...the majority of bikers that come through this area are fine folk...much better than they get credit for. Yeah, they are noisy, and they sometimes drive too slow or too fast for the locals' liking, but I am sure they feel the same way about us when we go to THEIR towns to vacation.
I hate the idea of homes and farms being destroyed to build the road, but I know it's coming, and the best way to deal with that fact is to look for the positives.
With the Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer forest and the lakes all around, we're not going to be "driven through." People will be stopping here and spending money...IF they can get into the county with more ease.
I love the slow, comfortable feel of our little town; the laid-back pace of life is great, but without work here (no company will consider opening factories here due to the roads) all of the working age people that WANT to work, and can pass the drug tests will leave here and move to other towns. Our youth are the only export we have left. Wouldn't it be better if we had access to good roads to bring factories in so that our local youth wouldn't HAVE to move?
Build the road. It's about time.
You must own a business that benefits from motorcycles and floridiots.
Native Graham Countian

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#9 Nov 29, 2011
No. I don't own a business. I am one of the struggling souls that is just trying to survive, but realize that every person that comes here ends up spending a little money here. If they stop coming here, they WON'T be spending money here. No money spent, no income for the businesses. No income for the businesses, they can't meet their overhead. Can't meet the overhead? close the doors. Close the doors? Well gee...there goes a few MORE local jobs. No local jobs? Hmmmmmmm....more people signing up until the benefits dry up. Dried up benefits? Home foreclosure...vehicle repossession, and attempts to get on welfare. More people on welfare, bigger drain on the county and state.
So...the "Floridiots" and bikers you detest so much? They're actually helping to keep our county alive, like it or not.
Native

Franklin, NC

#10 Apr 25, 2015
Native Graham Countian wrote:
No. I don't own a business. I am one of the struggling souls that is just trying to survive, but realize that every person that comes here ends up spending a little money here. If they stop coming here, they WON'T be spending money here. No money spent, no income for the businesses. No income for the businesses, they can't meet their overhead. Can't meet the overhead? close the doors. Close the doors? Well gee...there goes a few MORE local jobs. No local jobs? Hmmmmmmm....more people signing up until the benefits dry up. Dried up benefits? Home foreclosure...vehicle repossession, and attempts to get on welfare. More people on welfare, bigger drain on the county and state.
So...the "Floridiots" and bikers you detest so much? They're actually helping to keep our county alive, like it or not.
Floridiots are scum they do nothing but destroy this county. Motorcycles use our roads for racetracks. Neither one benefits this county.
goldminer121

Charlotte, NC

#11 May 9, 2015
from here wrote:
<quoted text>You must own a business that benefits from motorcycles and floridiots.
You must have not even read you're own post. Someone owing a BUSINESS, a business relating to tourism, like it or not, is the bread and butter for a lot of WNC. But, by the same token, the four-lane was supposed to bring all kinds of new business to Bryson City/Swain county when it was being contemplated, yet Swain still has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. But, then again, the largest employer in Swain county is the tourism-supported Nantahala Outdoor Center. The high unemployment rate vs. protecting the mountains has been, is, and as far as I can see, will continue to be a hotbutton issue for WNC.
Native

Franklin, NC

#12 May 10, 2015
goldminer121 wrote:
<quoted text>
You must have not even read you're own post. Someone owing a BUSINESS, a business relating to tourism, like it or not, is the bread and butter for a lot of WNC. But, by the same token, the four-lane was supposed to bring all kinds of new business to Bryson City/Swain county when it was being contemplated, yet Swain still has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state. But, then again, the largest employer in Swain county is the tourism-supported Nantahala Outdoor Center. The high unemployment rate vs. protecting the mountains has been, is, and as far as I can see, will continue to be a hotbutton issue for WNC.
The four lane hurt Bryson more than it helped it. People drive past Bryson to Cherokee or Sylva where there is more resturants or stores. The Nanahala river is the only reason Bryson gets as much business as it does.
Travis

Durham, NC

#13 Apr 2, 2017
I drive by Bryson this weekend.

Andrews died a few years after the 4 lane.

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