Time for feds to pay 'Road to Nowhere...

Time for feds to pay 'Road to Nowhere' settlement

There are 14 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 4, 2007, titled Time for feds to pay 'Road to Nowhere' settlement. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

On March 28, 17 members of the House and Senate signed a bipartisan letter to Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne asking him to begin "immediately" working with Congress to provide a cash ...

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Teresa

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#1 Apr 5, 2007
I don't understand why Tenn. has a say in our road. They don't want our road built yet they have their side built. It is called the Foothills Parkway.
Rage Against the Machine

Maxton, NC

#2 Apr 5, 2007
Teresa wrote:
I don't understand why Tenn. has a say in our road. They don't want our road built yet they have their side built. It is called the Foothills Parkway.
I don't disagree with you about Tennessee's involvement, but the Foothills Parkway is far, far from being completed (there are a couple of sections that are close to being "Roads to Nowhere") and it does not run through the GSMNP.
Charlie

Inman, SC

#3 Apr 5, 2007
It is the Little River Rd that runs thur the GSNP on the Tenn side and provides billions of $$$ in tourism.

It is much wiser to protect Tenn intrest and not provide Swain County with a comparable item.

It is much beter to void an agreement with the people our country displaced and dump all over them, than make good on our word to honor our contract.

Arguments are very convincing for both sides and cases are made for both sides. The one thing I have seen to be consistent is that Tenn is clearly wanting their economic value protected by not allowing Swain County to have the road so Rep Shuler will promote the people of Tenn's intrest over honestly honoring the contract. We should see his morality and ethics clearly for how he promotes issues.
Rage Against the Machine

United States

#4 Apr 5, 2007
Charlie wrote:
It is the Little River Rd that runs thur the GSNP on the Tenn side and provides billions of $$$ in tourism.
Say what? "Billions" in tourism? Little River Rd?

No.
Bob T

Old Lyme, CT

#5 Apr 10, 2007
Forget it...Road doesn't belong - period!
Tom Gibson

Channelview, TX

#6 Apr 11, 2007
Sen. Burr please support the settlement.

We need to do, what we said we would do for the people of Swain Countly even if the commitment was made back in 1943.

Thank you,

Tom Gibson
Charlotte NC
LEM

Gaffney, SC

#7 Apr 13, 2007
Build the road and provide tourism to Western NC , That will provide many more dollars to Swain county then any settlement can, also it was a promise to the people who gave up their land for the park. for once US goverment honor a treaty
Native Son

Pawleys Island, SC

#8 Apr 23, 2007
If you're from Bryson City and you've ever had to drive over to Knoxville in the middle of the summer it's a mess going through Cherokee into Gatlinburg on 441. It can take up to 4 hours to travel 39 miles. The people of Western North Carolina need an alternative route and half of it is already in place. There's just too much politics involved with the whole thing and so many people (on the Tennessee side) stand to lose a lot of money if the road is built. The real issue here is that a promise is a promise and in the long run a road will better benefit the people of Swain County then a one time settlement that will probably end up getting misappropriated anyway. Live up to the promise and complete the road for Swain County and all of WNC.

S. Briggs
All your base are

Eddyville, KY

#9 Apr 23, 2007
Native Son wrote:
If you're from Bryson City and you've ever had to drive over to Knoxville in the middle of the summer it's a mess going through Cherokee into Gatlinburg on 441. It can take up to 4 hours to travel 39 miles. The people of Western North Carolina need an alternative route and half of it is already in place.
An alternative route for the people of WNC? It's called Interstate 40 and it already exists.

Surely you're not thinking the "Road to Nowhere" will magically turn into the US 441 Newfound Gap Bypass, cutting through the heart of the park so we can all have a speedy route from Bryson City to Gatlinburg. That's just crazy talk.
Native Son

North Myrtle Beach, SC

#10 May 19, 2007
Yeah, that's really scenic...... Not to mention closed at least once a year because of a rock slide... Plus if you live in let's say the Alarka Community you gotta drive 50+ miles away to get on 40... What part of being from Bryson City didn't you read.... If I lived in Asheville 40 would be great... I don't... I don't ever want to see the "Road to Nowhere" be like 441. I repeat NEVER!!!!!! I want the Government to keep their promise and give what the citizens of SWAIN county what the promised us. "All Your Base" have you ever looked at google earth or an arial view of the area??? Maybe even and old fashioned map could show you that this road makes sense. This is not "crazy talk" this is informed information that I'm sharing here. There is a difference. Even if our government doesn't see that. I just hope that "our" native son, Mr. Heath Shuler gets a bill on the floor to get the government to live up to their promise... That's all... Nothing more, nothing less.... And to hit my point home, I NEVER want the road that runs through the heart of Bryson City (featured in Harrison Fords movie "The Fugitive" to EVER be anything like 441. If you missed my original point I want it to be a little know secret and way for people from Bryson City to make it to Tennessee and Knoxville... There's some more "Crazy Talk" for you.

“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#11 May 20, 2007
It is a matter of principal and good ole timey handshakes--it was promised--never finished--and now is a huge debate---over what? A broken promise..Stick to your guns out there. Some people just don't get it.

Ohhh and by the way I-40 Sux
All your base are

Maxton, NC

#12 May 20, 2007
Native Son wrote:
Plus if you live in let's say the Alarka Community you gotta drive 50+ miles away to get on 40... What part of being from Bryson City didn't you read.... If I lived in Asheville 40 would be great... I don't... I don't ever want to see the "Road to Nowhere" be like 441. I repeat NEVER!!!!!! I want the Government to keep their promise and give what the citizens of SWAIN county what the promised us. "All Your Base" have you ever looked at google earth or an arial view of the area??? Maybe even and old fashioned map could show you that this road makes sense. This is not "crazy talk" this is informed information that I'm sharing here. There is a difference. Even if our government doesn't see that. I just hope that "our" native son, Mr. Heath Shuler gets a bill on the floor to get the government to live up to their promise... That's all... Nothing more, nothing less.... And to hit my point home, I NEVER want the road that runs through the heart of Bryson City (featured in Harrison Fords movie "The Fugitive" to EVER be anything like 441. If you missed my original point I want it to be a little know secret and way for people from Bryson City to make it to Tennessee and Knoxville... There's some more "Crazy Talk" for you.
So you're going to build a road that will cost millions and millions of dollars through a national park so the 46 people in Alarka and the 2,000 residents of Bryson City can have a faster way to drive to Knoxville?

LMAO. That IS crazy talk.
Native Son

North Myrtle Beach, SC

#13 Jun 3, 2007
Check the population stats. There are almost 14,000 people in the county and that's just the ones they counted from a good old "census". I bet there are at least 1,000 alone in the Alarka and Nantahala area alone not to mention all the rafters and tourists who visit there during the summer. How nice would it be to not have to drive through Cherokee into Gatlinburg in the middle of summer???? Anybody with me or is that just more "crazy talk"?????
Native Son

North Myrtle Beach, SC

#14 Jun 3, 2007
One more base to cover... It would have cost less money years ago to complete this road. Yes, you are correct that it would cost millions of dollars today. The original point is "a promise is a promise". You live in Asheville, aren't you happy to see Interstate 26 built or would you still like to see that a two lane road from Mars Hill to Johnson City??? You got your road, we need ours. If you lived here it would be different and I hope that hit's close to home "all your bases". Pun intended, and to correct you, there is more then one base in baseball, so it's bases with an "S" for plural.

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